“Jesus said to his Apostles: ‘As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand. Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give. Do not take gold or silver or copper for your belts; no sack for the journey, or a second tunic, or sandals or walking stick.” (Matthew 10: 7-10)
Recent events in Oklahoma and other severe-weather-ravaged states have caused me to reflect thoughtfully upon our seemingly self-absorbed society and how tragedy in any form seems to bring out the very best in so many of us. There is simply something so incredibly stirring and heart wrenching about witnessing the suffering of others, be it personally or second-hand through our TV screens or laptops. We are compelled to action in many different ways. Whether through generous donations of time and resources, incredible, unexplained acts of heroism, random acts of kindness, or a mass ascension of millions of prayers sent directly to heaven, we are moved to make a difference, to ease pain, to love without expecting anything in return.
This inherent need to help others also has a way of putting our own lives into proper perspective. We begin to see how selfishly we fret about minor inconveniences in our lives when others have far deeper wounds to heal or bigger burdens to bear. Helping others no matter what the circumstance just feels good! It is what we were created to do.
At the very end of the day, this deeply spiritual desire is what makes us ALL the same regardless of our perceived differences. We are created in the likeness of our Lord Jesus Christ by our loving Father, to serve one another; to serve the Body of Christ. This reflection is not intended to reveal the answer to why we must suffer, but merely to remind us that even a small individual gesture of kindness can have a profound impact in someone’s time of need.
In closing, I leave you with one of my favorite verses from Romans, “We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to is purpose.”
GENESIS 44:18-21, 23B-29; 45:1-5 ● PSALM 105:16-17, 18-19, 20-21 ● MATTHEW 10:7-15