1 Corinthians 10:14-11:1. “All things are lawful,” but not all things are beneficial. Do not seek your own advantage, but that of the other.

The tipping point, according to the book by that title, is a culmination, a time in which a series of small changes “tips” the balance to effect a large change.

Many of us who seek God can remember a “tipping point” of conversion, one seemingly small moment which tipped the balance and brought us face to face with the living God. My tipping point came in a time of loss and despair, a time when people who didn’t even know me began caring not just about me, but for me. And they did it not because it would bring them some reward, but simply in the name of God.

Those persons could have found much to occupy them other than my well-being. Ignoring and neglecting others has been defended; nearly “all things are lawful” because our world champions self-interest over others’ well-being.

But when I saw that another person might, in the name of God, seek not his “own advantage, but that of the other,” I began to see God incarnate. It seemed like just an ordinary day, when I first saw God acting through people. An ordinary day. But it was the tipping point.

PRAY for the Diocese of Swaziland (Southern Africa)

Ps 106:1-18 * 106:19-48; 2 Kings 21:1-18; Matthew 8:28-34

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