How often do we pit ourselves against one another? We tend to make comparisons, compete with our neighbour, even our best friends. I can guarantee you make comparisons when you don't even realize it, passing judgements and comparing your life to those around you simply when scrolling through Facebook, when you take that few extra seconds that turns into desiring what someone else may have. We can act in jealously and envy, even when we aren't really trying to. The question is, why do we always try to compare and tear down those around us, when God calls us to love and support one another? We all have that one friend or family member that listens to you openly, and gives you advice, not passing judgements. We are called to be open and loving like this for everyone, encouraging and helping to lift others up. In a world where there are already so many struggles, why would we make it harder on one another? Do you lift people up, or waste time trying to tear others down?
Today's Gospel states:'And an argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest. But when Jesus perceived the thought of their hearts, he took a child and put him by his side, and said to them, "Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me; for he who is least among you all is the one who is great." John answered, "Master, we saw a man casting out demons in your name, and we forbade him, because he does not follow with us." But Jesus said to him, "Do not forbid him; for he that is not against you is for you"' (Luke 9:46-50).
Today's reading talks about how he who is not against you is with you, walking beside you, part of your team. We are all called to be brothers and sisters in faith, lifting one another up and being true examples of God's love in the world. The next time you have a moment where you pass a judgement on someone, where you choose to wear someone down instead of being encouraging, think about how you would have felt instead. The greatest rule is to treat others how you want to be treated, with love. Let's try to be more loving and encouraging to those around us. Take some time to pray and ask God to help you be an example of love in the world.
Today we pray:
Thank You for showing me the true extent of Your love, through Christ on the cross. Help me to be loving and uplifting towards others, representing your love to them through my actions.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.