HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED HOW WELL YOU NOTICE THINGS? I MEAN REALLY SEE WHAT’S RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU? OR DO YOU FIND YOURSELF LIKE MARY MADELINE? SO FOCUSED ON HER OWN EMOTIONAL STRESS THAT SHE DIDN’T NOTICE JESUS BEFORE HER AND THOUGHT HE WAS JUST THE GARDENER. WHY DIDN’T SHE RECOGNIZE SOMEONE THAT SHE KNEW SO WELL.
THIS MORNING I WATCHED A VIDEO THAT REALLY MADE ME QUESTION MYSELF ASKING, HOW OFTEN I DO THE SAME? AND HOW OFTEN DO I MISS OPPORTUNITIES TO SHOW GOD’S MERCY AND LOVE BECAUSE OF IT?
OUR ECONOMY IS UNSTABLE AND UNFORTUNATELY, MANY PEOPLE ARE OUT OF WORK AND LIVING ON THE EDGE OF OR IN POVERTY.
MIDDLE CLASS IS DISAPPEARING, FORECLOSURES, DRUG OVERDOSES, DEPRESSION AND SUICIDE ARE ON THE RISE. FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN ARE FINDING THEMSELVES IN HOMELESS SHELTERS AND LIVING ON THE STREETS, RIGHT HERE IN AMERICA. PEOPLE ARE SCARED AND IN NEED, DO WE SEE THEM OR ARE WE MAKING THEM INVISIBLE?
POPE FRANCIS…we must also acknowledge that the majority of the men and women of our time continue to live daily in situations of insecurity, with dire consequences. Certain pathologies are increasing, with their psychological consequences; fear and desperation grip the hearts of many people, even in the so-called rich countries; the joy of life is diminishing; indecency and violence are on the rise; poverty is becoming more and more evident. People have to struggle to live and, frequently, to live in an undignified way. (5/16/13)
THE VIDEO I SAW THIS MORNING, IS A SOCIAL EXPERIMENT DONE TO TEST HOW WELL WE NOTICE PEOPLE WE KNOW PERSONALLY IN POVERTY. IT IS 3 MINUTES LONG AND I ENCOURAGE YOU TO WATCH AND ASK YOURSELF, WOULD THEY BE VISIBLE TO YOU?
LET US PRAY TOGETH FOR THE EYES TO SEE WITH COMPASSION AND MERCY. TO NOTICE THOSE WHO ARE SUFFERING AND HURTING EVEN WHEN THEY ARE SMILING AND HIDING THEIR PAIN. MAY WE BE ACTIVE AGENTS OF CHANGE WITH THE STRENGTH TO MOVE GOVERNMENTS AND LEADERS TO SOCIAL JUSTICE. AMEN.