“If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets,
neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.”
From Luke 16:31
The most frustrating times of my career in education were the result of observing stubborn or mean-spirited adults who refused to do the right thing: A teacher who simply wouldn’t admit an error; a principal who refused to back a teacher whom she didn’t much care for; a lunch monitor who exhibited an attitude toward “those” kids; a custodian who took his time when certain teachers called for help. This list, which goes on and on, exists in just about every human institution. As our school secretary used to say, “Jesus himself could show them different and they’d still act that way!”
Luke’s gospel tells us that a hungry homeless man, covered with sores, died on a rich man’s doorstep because the man simply didn’t notice him. It seems to me that this story challenges us to respond differently to those around us. Today, God asks us to take notice of those above us, those below us and those who walk at our sides. “Take notice, and take care of them all,” God says.
Patient God, I sometimes judge those I encounter in spite of knowing that you have given them to me to love. Please help me to see each one with your loving eyes and to respond to each one with your loving heart.
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