“Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.” (Romans 12: 15)
This is a call to active empathy. We are asked to recognize our connection with one another and to see people where they are—with compassion, kindness, and a sense of unity.
We don’t need to pity others or get caught up in any darkness they may be feeling and make it our own. We can keep our spiritual poise and still be truly present with others in their troubles, having that inspired understanding of what they may be going through.
Likewise, we can be happy for others and rejoice with them, without a sense of envy or competition. We can let another’s pure gladness flow over onto us as well. We can give up an attachment to our own complaints and allow ourselves the natural pleasure of laughter and light and uplift.
We all have different experiences, but we are all one in God’s Life and Love. We can let our hearts be one. We can demonstrate the healing and strengthening Love of God in our human moments, when we grieve as well as when we celebrate.
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