“Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” – Matt 25:34
The news is filled with so many calls to action right now, from “Black Lives Matter” to the “Day Without Women.” I’ve heard of people who gave up following political activity on social media as part of their Lenten observance. When we focus on all that is wrong with the world and all that is wrong with people, it is easy to feel discouraged and helpless.
So what then is the answer? Do I try to feed ALL the hungry? Clothe ALL the naked? Visit ALL the imprisoned? Do I allow myself to be overcome with a distorted sense of my own worth, an illusion that I can save the world?
The readings today challenge us to see God’s people with the eyes of love, as if we were encountering Christ with each meeting. The call to respond is less about “doing” and more about “seeing.” When I see others (particularly those who are very different than me) as an embodiment of the One, it changes how I respond to them. When I believe wholeheartedly that God has already prepared for me whatever I need, it makes it easier for me to be generous in my response to those in need. All of my giving of self, does not diminish the bounty that God has in mind for me.
God, is there one person who invite me to see more wholeheartedly as You today?