I have come to realize that the urge, however dim, to seek to be united with You is in every human with whom I come in contact. It is not only a grace and a blessing to be able to recognize and follow such promptings as regards my own life, but it is also a grace and blessing to be able to be aware of its latency in others.
Far too often the very personal characterization I give to our relationship borders on arrogance. As much as I might try to avoid catching myself in such thoughts, I find myself in the place of the Pharisee thanking You that I am not like the rest of men. Quite possibly the rest of men are prone to thinking of their relationship with You in the same way. It is a perilous obstacle to the lesson of the gospel.
My tendency to sneak thoughts of regarding myself as special, or regarding our relationship as special is modified and put in its proper perspective when it is realized that this urge is common to mankind. Therefore it would seem incumbent upon anyone who perceived him/herself as having reached an awareness of the potentiality of this common urge to nurture it, not just in themselves, but in all others with whom they have contact.
This leaves us vulnerable to the risk of being rejected and we humans do not take well to being rejected. But this is the cosmic proportion of the microcosm of three years of Your life on this earth. This is the lesson of the cross. Yet how do we show recognition and concern for this quality in others? How should we convey what we feel is so important but which we perceive as generally being ignored by others? And it is true that in our zeal we fear rejection. Yet an individual’s search is but a microcosm of the cosmic search in which the race of man is engaged.
Your relationship with all of mankind is as deeply personal as it is with me individually. It would be well for me to think about this and act upon it no matter how intensely personal I feel is my relationship with You. As much and as often as individuals among Your apostles tried to single themselves out by presenting some special aspect in their relationship with You, You usually treated them as a group.