Monday, 1st Week of Lent February 23rd
Sasanthi Fernando C ‘16
I Will Reflect You, My Lord, With Loving Compassion
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of Mine,
you did for Me.’ ” Mt 25:40
At Mass, we always hear the phrase “my brothers and sisters.” However, do we all respect each other as that? Do we even see others as a brother or a sister? I know that I struggle with it. It is so easy for us to forget this connection and our actions seem to reflect it.
When was the last time that you helped someone in need? Not family, not friends, but a stranger? Did you provide a meal for a homeless person, assist the elderly, or do something that can only be labeled as an act of kindness? If so, good job and keep up the good work. As for the rest of us, don’t you think we should step up our game? There are many opportunities provided by our loving God and yet, we still fall behind. Look around you: you only have to grab one opportunity to start your redemption.
So, why do we see fit to act with kindness and compassion? Why do we need to help others in order to stabilize our relationship with God? Well, we know that as an individual, we are all sons or daughters of God. Also, as stated in Genesis, we are created in the likeness of God and therefore reflect Him. Although we are aware of these two points separately, we fail to recognize that the people around us are a mirror image of Him. Through charity, we not only show compassion to others but to God Himself. Therefore, loving others translates to loving God.
So ask yourself, “Did I make the right decisions? Do I have a stable and complete relationship with God? If not, what can I do to improve it?” After all, every relationship requires the participation of both individuals.
God, I crave to see You and to know You, but I appreciate the love surrounding me. I am blessed to have my friends, my family, my community, and even those that I do not know. They reflect You, my Lord, and I see You through them. Therefore, grant me the strength to reciprocate compassion, kindness, and love to others that You have shown to me. Amen.