Belonging is an important part of being human. The sense of belonging (we also use the concept of community) is so important for our spiritual health as well. If we look at the life of Jesus this is something that stands out in his dealings with people. He constantly approaches and shows acceptance to the members of his society who were outcasts. He includes them and assures them that they belong to the kingdom of his Father. He continually “crosses the boundaries” of acceptability imposed by the powerful in society to show that all are accepted by God.
This is the acceptance Jesus gives you, that he also models to you in his life, and that he then calls you to live out in your life. May he give you the power to display actions and attitudes that enable all around you to feel that same sense of acceptance and belonging that you receive from him.