Presider: We adore You O Christ, and we praise You. (genuflect)
All: Because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.
Hurting people... we all see them now and then... the double amputee in a wheelchair who scrambles to get across a busy intersection; the family in your neighborhood that struggles with the physical, emotional and financial hardships of caring for a family member with a serious illness or disability; These are just a few examples of hurting people who we may encounter each day.
Veronica’s actions are exemplary because she allowed herself to be guided by the voice of the Holy Spirit. In those few moments she did not try to find reason; she did not talk herself out of being helpful; and she did not remind herself how busy she already was with her own family. Her heart and spirit were moved, and she acted! So, the real question we must ask ourselves is, “Are we brave enough to ask the Holy Spirit to allow us to do the same in our daily lives?” Do we squelch the quiet whisper of the Holy Spirit that leads us to heavenly action, or do we find the grit and fortitude to overcome our weak human flesh and reach out to help those in need?
SUGGESTED ACTION STEPS:
Consciously look for opportunities within your every daily life to serve those around you who you may have accidentally ignored, or not paid attention to in the past because it made you feel uncomfortable. Share your emotions and thoughts about your new level of awareness with your family, or with a friend sharing the same journey. Like Veronica, decide for yourself if this level of heavenly kindness is worth the effort.
Dear God, please allow us to care tenderly for those who are hurting, no matter how uncomfortable such acts of kindness may be to our earthly flesh. Amen.
BY: Trina Cassidy, Special Needs Ministry