Bread of tomorrow

Community

O God, the source of our common life,

when we are dry and scattered,

when divided and alone,

we long for connection, we long for community.

Breath of God, breathe on us.

With those we live beside,

who are often strange to us,

whom we may be afraid to approach,

yet who have riches of friendship to share,

we long for connection, we long for community.

Breath of God, breathe on us.

With those we have only heard of,

who see with different eyes,

whose struggles we try to imagine,

whose fierce joy we wish we could grasp,

we long for connection, we long for community.

Breath of God, breathe on us.

With those we shall never know,

but whose lives are linked with ours,

whose shared ground we stand on,

and whose common air we breathe,

we long for connection, we long for community.

Breath of God, breathe on us.

When we are dry and scattered,

when we are divided and alone,

when we are cut off from the source of our life,

open our graves, O God,

that all your people

may be free to breathe, strong to move,

and joyful to stand together

to celebrate your name.

Amen.

Janet Morley, “Bread of Tomorrow” livesimply Anthology, a CAFOD resource, edited by Annabel Shilson-Thomas.