React out of Love
Have you ever acted out against another person? Some turn to physical violence, some to words of mouth, trying to harm them in any way. It could be from envy, for seeking revenge, or even just from a small action combined with your lack of sleep or prior frustration. How do we react in situations where action may not be necessary? I know for myself, serving customers, it can be really difficult not to react to negativity and irritation. Sometimes it seems impossible to avoid the stress and irritation brought on by irrational choices. However, how we react in these moments is important. Do you smile, and wish them well, or turn around and call them out responding with negativity? This is where we as Catholics are put to the test.
Today’s Gospel states: ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. I am not speaking of you all; I know whom I have chosen; it is that the scripture may be fulfilled, `He who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.' I tell you this now, before it takes place, that when it does take place you may believe that I am he. Truly, truly, I say to you, he who receives any one whom I send receives me; and he who receives me receives him who sent me”’ (John 13:16-20).
Jesus tells us that every person is equal. There is no master and no servant, but people as equals. This means that everyone should be treated the same, identifying us as similar. If we are similar in humanity, then we should consider our human nature to make mistakes and to fail. We all have moments of ignorance, whether we can identify it in ourselves or not. Jesus tells us that to receive him, is to receive our neighbour and only through doing this will we be true believers. Take time today to reflect on your day, your week, and in moments where we fail to love our neighbour. Remember that even you fail, and it is up to our neighbour to help show us love and lift us up.
Today’s prayer comes from ‘brethren.org’ a blessing for our neighbour:
Wondrous God, thank you for blessing us with hearts and minds to serve one another. Let us always be mindful that we love each other because you first loved us. We rejoice in that by serving one another, we are able to show that love for each other and for you, LORD. Help us continue in that spirit, that your will may be done and your kingdom may come. We ask that you continue to bless us and strengthen us as we try to be more like you. In your holy name we pray, Amen.