Wednesday 34th Week of the Year
Religious persecution is not a common experience for us here in the U.S.
Unfortunately, it is the present experience
of our brothers and sisters in the Middle East.
We are seeing millions of people
who are forced to leave their homes and native land
to migrate to countries that will welcome them.
Can you imagine what it must be like for them?
We get upset if the electricity goes off or our computers act up.
What can help us to empathize even a fraction
with these brothers and sisters?
Facing the biggest adversary we have – ourselves.
When someone says or does something to us that hurts us,
we have a choice to see it either as a direct attack on us
or we may choose to see it as an expression of their pain.
So our response is going to be vengeance or mercy;
setting things right or choosing to love that person
to the end of their pain.
Fear will put us on the offensive and attack back.
Love will walk up to Calvary with that person
until they experience mercy.
Let us choose mercy and offer any inconvenience it may cause us
for those who no longer have a home or a member of the family
because someone martyred that member.
Have you asked yourself what you can do to help these migrants?
In today’s Gospel, Jesus is giving us something we all can do.
Show mercy to the person in our midst.