The Weekly Word:
is an invitation to reflect on how God speaks to us through poetry, literature, and the visual arts. Share your reflections below so that we can join together on this journey of faith throughout the week.
John Donne, No Man is an Island (1624)
No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were
As well as if a manor of thy friend’s
Or of thine own were:
Any man’s death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee.
Donne’s haunting plea for empathy and compassion was grounded in his faith as an Anglican priest. What scriptures and rituals in our Methodist tradition teach us that no person is an island? What prayers can we offer and what missions can we support to affirm this belief that suffering anywhere is a concern for Christians everywhere?