December 2 – Monday
Isaiah 4:2-6; Psalm 122:1-2, 3-4b, 4cd-5, 6-7, 8-9; Matthew 8:5-11
“Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.”
Who are the people you know personally who are suffering? Several probably come to mind immediately. Our hearts and prayers go out to them. Often we are there with them in hospital rooms, in doctor offices, in care facilities or in their homes lending a hand and being a compassionate presence.
But what about those in the broader society whom we don’t know personally who are suffering in poverty or in sickness? those who are paralyzed by fear of where they will find a home or a job or food for the table? those who are lonely, lost, forgotten or marginalized?
This Advent, let us answer the call to be a compassionate presence. Let us stretch ourselves to see the face of Jesus in each person, especially in those whom society may deem as “not worthy.” Let us not condemn or exclude any person, for after all, they too are God’s children.
Elizabeth Hebert, SLW