-St. Thérèse of Lisieux 1873-1897
But it all starts with paying attention.
In our passage for this week, the Good Samaritan from Luke 10, we know that there are 2 people who pass by a wounded man and do not pay attention to him. They see him in the ditch, but do not stop to acknowledge his pain or make an effort to help.
It is easy to judge their actions, but how many times have you and I turned a blind eye to the needs before us? Sometimes we drive by the homeless guy on the corner because we feel we don't have anything to offer, or because we are too busy, or maybe because we are afraid of being taken advantage of. Sometimes, we may just have a sense of compassion fatigue, where the needs around us feel so insurmountable, we wonder, "how can my small actions make a difference?" All are understandable, but not all are sacrificial.
Would it make a difference in this homeless man's life if we offered a smile and a bottle of water? Maybe even if we took a couple of minutes at the stoplight to tell him God loves him and have a conversation so his value is affirmed by knowing someone wants to hear what he has to say? Or perhaps even invite him to church so he knows he is welcomed by God into a spiritual home?
It doesn't take a lot of Biblical knowledge or a seminary degree to pay attention and respond. As disciples, if we are paying attention, it is simply an affirmation to others that God is paying attention. It reinforces that every person is a child of God who is valuable and dear to the heart of the Lord. It is these simple gestures that can make a difference in God's kingdom.
You will find blessings in the journey,