Love All People
Do you try to connect with everyone, even those who are not of your faith? Have you ever faced the challenge of a job where you were the only person of your faith, and many talked opposing your beliefs? It happens everywhere, especially when you face reality. Just walking into a grocery store can challenge your beliefs, from seeing someone cut in line, and thinking a morally good person would not do that. We pass judgements, even when we don't know the circumstance. I know for myself, going for my first placement at teachers college in the public board was not the anticipated plan, especially when my core teachable would be religion. However, God works in mysterious ways, even if that means brining us into a system where there are very few fellow believers. The main goal is then to look at it as an opportunity, to help those who may need a friend, someone to look up to, to share your faith by your actions. How is God challenging you to share your faith?
Today's Gospel states:'Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying, "This man receives sinners and eats with them." So he told them this parable: "What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, `Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost.' Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. "Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, `Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost.' Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents"'(Luke 15:1-10).
Today's reading talks about how we need to be like Christ, and connect with all people. Jesus connected with the tax collectors, the sinners, the poor, all those who were oppressed and seen as 'lower' in society. Other preachers wouldn't take the chance, and followed the ways of society. However, Jesus challenged this ideology and chose to actively help people who needed God's love and direction, even if they don't want to listen. It's about accepting the opportunities God gives us, and taking action with faith, hope, and love. Take some time to ask God to help you actively share your faith with the world.
Today we pray:
Thank You for giving me my faith, for helping me to know You. Guide me by Your will to actively share my faith with others, and to welcome everyone into my life.
I pray this in Your most holy name, Amen.