MAKE YOUR OWN SANDWICH

Once upon a time there was a priest who spent part of each night making sandwiches for the homeless. He travelled around the poorer parts of the city and distribute them. Even though his day was already full, this late night activity didn’t overwhelm him. It actually made him happy.  he didn’t do it out of guilt, duty or any external pressure.  He shared freely and openly in a way that made a difference for him,  Even when the street people rebuffed his offer of food, he didn’t feel rejected or angry, because he wasn’t doing it for the reward or acceptance or appreciation.

The media found out about him and printed a story about his work. Instantly his reputation grew and he became a minor celebrity. The public, even his fellow priests, started sending him money to support his ministry.  Much to their surprise he sent back the money to everyone with a one-line note that said: “Make your own damn sandwich!”

Source | based on a story told in Robert Wicks, Riding the Dragon
(Sorin Books, 2013) page 34

CONSIDER THIS

  • What is easier, to write a check or to make a sandwich?
  • What is most gospel-like, to write a check or to make a sandwich and give it to the hungry?
  • What propels your acts of kindness and compassion? Guilt? Duty? External pressures? Fear of rejection? Desire to be liked and lauded? Or do you do what you do out of pure desire and delight?