True discipleship begins when we step outside ourselves and face each new day with an openness to seeing life through other people’s eyes. Singing their songs, hearing their stories, sharing their foods, honoring their wounds and, above all, reflecting back to them the Divine Image in which all people are made. Discipleship requires a willingness to leave behind not just family and friends, house and homeland –but also yesterday’s problems, last month’s plans and the broken promises of ages past. It requires the daring to dream of a better world.
I didn’t write this –I got it from a friend a long time ago and it’s been hanging on my office wall since I came to Guardian Angels. I thought of it last weekend after listening to Fr. Rodger share his thoughts on the Gospel at last weekend’s liturgies. What it reminds me of is the shared journey to which all of us are called if we want to follow Jesus. Our paths are all different. I may never have to give up my homeland, but I may need to give up last month’s plans or live with a broken promise. I certainly need to keep dreaming of a better world.
This week, I invite you to think about the last time you were able to look at something in a new way. Did someone show you by example a different way to do something? Challenge a truth you have held? How did you respond?