The theology of Christ can be summed up in a few words: love for God in one another. Christ demonstrated this in his public ministry by reaching out to sufferers, sinners and outcasts. His message was that we all have the divinity of God within us, and it is in recognizing and honoring this that we are all joined together in unity.

When we separate our love for God from our love for each other, we sacrifice a little of each. Christ is sacrificed over and over again for our sins.

During this Lenten season, let us recognize the divinity in all of God’s creation and let our divine flame burn brightly with generosity, humility, mercy, gratitude and love. Then justice will be served and the peace of Christ will be with us.

— Joan Behrick, Bakersfield