The Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
On this day in 1918 Nelson Mandela was born. On 10th May 1994 he became the first democratically-elected President of multi-racial South Africa. In his inaugural speech as South African President, Nelson Mandela said:
“Our biggest fear is not that we are inadequate; our biggest fearis that we are powerful beyond measure.It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves: ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.
Your ‘playing small’ doesn’t serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just within some of us – it is within everyone!
And as we let our own light shine, we consciously give to other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
bring your love to our lives in a new way today
so that any fear that we might have is driven away,
knowing that “perfect love casts out fear”.
Then your light will shine more brightly in us, and others will be able to see the good things that are done in your name.
Help us to grow more aware
of the love and respect and dignity that you give us
in calling us your “friends”.
We ask that your Spirit acts in us so that we discover
and take pride
in who we really are.
Make us credible witnesses of your love
so that othersmay more readily share
in your love and your light,
you who are the light of the world.