On 21 September, International Day of Peace was celebrated around the world. This special day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1981.
The dove with an olive branch is a symbol of peace. This image recalls the story of the great flood, which is part of multiple religious traditions. According to the biblical account, God asked Noah to enter the ark with his family in order to save humanity from destruction.
Today, in order to preserve peace, we need to enter together, as a single human family, an ark that can cut through the stormy seas of the world: the ark of fellowship.
The first step is to recognize that God is the origin of this one and only human family, the Creator of everything and everyone, who wants us to live as brothers and sisters, in the common house of creation.
Here, at the roots of our common humanity, is where fellowship and solidarity start. We all have the same dignity and nobody can be the owner or the slave of anybody else. We are called to preserve the creation and the whole universe, to take care of each other, particularly supporting those who are most in need.
Today, fellowship is ripped apart by policies of fundamentalism and division, by excessive profit systems and ideologies of hate, which manipulate the actions and the destiny of humanity.
Click here for NGO Prayer Network Reflection, by Sr Teresa Linda, Province of Italy-Malta - Fellowship as an Ark of Peace