Do you have a wide circle of friends in your life? It can be challenging to become good friends with everyone, but it's important to try. Maybe you're a shy person around those you don't know. You could be kind of weird in some ways that sets you apart from others. Whatever the reason, it may not always be easy. We know for certain though that having a circle of friends you can talk to and depend on is essential for feeling your best self. God shows us that building relationships helps us to grow, to be humble, to step out of ourselves and really try to become the person we were meant to be. Who's in your circle?
Today's Gospel states:'As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax office; and he said to him, "Follow me." And he rose and followed him. And as he sat at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Jesus and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?" But when he heard it, he said, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, `I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.' For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners"' (Matthew 9:9-13).
Today's reading talks about how we need to love all people, especially those who don't yet know the Lord. If we don't grow our circle of friends, we're not really doing what we were made to, being disciples and bringing everyone to know God. It's not an easy thing to do, but we can take steps towards being people of love for the world. This may include taking time to chat with someone new while in a waiting room. It may be volunteering somewhere that helps those in need. It could be visiting a nursing home for a day. There are so many things we can do to build relationships. Take some time to pray ans ask God to help you step out and work on building relationships.
Today we pray:
Thank You for helping me to see the importance of growing in relationships. Guide me forward to stepping out of my comfort zone and opening myself up to others.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.