Look Around You - Opportunities to Make a Difference
The Homeless. A Nation of Change It was chilly today - who am I kidding, it was freakin’ cold. The thermometer outside our kitchen window, usually a little on the warm-side, registered -5. It’s on days like this that I thank God that I have a roof over my head, heat, hot water and food. On the flip side, I know that there are lots of folks that don’t have that, right here in the NJ/NY/PA area.
Today, if you are out and about and you see someone who is homeless, cold or hungry then you have a chance - a real opportunity to live out the Gospel and BE Jesus Christ to someone else. Who knows, your actions may just save a life.
Yesterday’s reflection on the Gospel of Matthew (25:31-46) was one of my favorites - though I am not sure why. It’s when Jesus separates us into two groups - not the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ but the ‘dos’ and ‘do nots’. Jesus is pretty clear about how we are to live our lives - and, if the end goal is to ‘get into heaven’ what we need to do. “Inherit the Kingdom I prepared for you” - He tells us, if you see someone hungry, thirsty, cold and without clothes, sick or in prison or even just a stranger in need of some guidance and you “do” for them then you are “doing” for God. If you don’t, then guess what? It’s a rhetorical question.
I’m about to get off of my train in Penn Station in NYC and I have to admit that I am a bit nervous by what I am going to be confronted by. I’ll try to see with open eyes, listen with open ears and hear with an open heart. Frankly I don’t know how well I’ll do.