The disciple asked, “Master, what does it mean to be saved?”
And the master answered, “A piece of bread on the plate in front of a starving person is salvation.”
Source | Philip Chircop sj
Based on a quotation by German Reformed theologian Jürgen Moltmann
“Salvation is not something that happens only at the end of a person’s life. Salvation happens every time someone with a key uses it to open a door he could lock instead.” – Barbara Brown Taylor, Leaving Church (HarperOne, 2012) Page 115
One night a man came to our house and told me, “There is a family with eight children. They have not eaten for days,”
I took some food and I went. When I came to that family, I saw the faces of those little children disfigured by hunger. There was no sorrow or sadness in their faces, just the deep pain of hunger. I gave the rice to the mother. She divided the rice in two, and went out, carrying half the rice. When she came back, I asked her, “Where did you go?” She gave me this simple answer, “To my neighbours; they are hungry also.”
I was not surprised that she gave – poor people are really very generous. I was surprised that she knew they were hungry. As a rule, when we are suffering, we are so focused on ourselves, we have no time for others.
Source | Mother Teresa, Mother Teresa: No Greater Love
(New World Library, 1989) pages 39-40
When we are suffering, we are so focused on ourselves, we have no time for others.
A number of years ago I was driving alone, on my way home from a meeting downtown. It was a sweltering day and I had no air conditioner in the car. I was hot and sweaty. I found myself thinking, ‘Now if I had someone in the car, I’d stop and treat her to an ice cream cone.’ It was a passing thought, nothing more. I kept right on driving — and sweating.
Later, as I reflected on my day, that thought came back to me. ‘If I had someone in the car….someone in the car….’ I suddenly realized that I did have someone in the car: myself! Why, in heaven’s name didn’t I stop and treat myself to an ice cream cone? After all, I’m a person too! (And a pretty nice one, at that.) The incident spoke volumes to me about my lack of self-esteem during that particular period in my life. It was a time when I was doing all kinds of favors for others, but none whatsoever for myself.
Source | Melannie Svoboda, Rummaging for God: Seeking the Holy in Every Nook and Cranny
PONDER AND CONSIDER
“If your compassion doesn’t include yourself, it is incomplete.” | Jack Kornfield
Why don’t you treat yourself to something special today?