Jesus, through the examples of the Good Samaritan, the man born blind and the resurrection of Lazarus, comes to reveal to us that he is the Light of the World. His light is meant to penetrate our entire lives and we are called to be “light-bearers” to others. We are called to imitate Jesus’ example and have a similar compassion for the helpless.
Let us remember Pope Francis’ words to young people: “Jesus addresses each of us and says: ‘Get up!’” We know that as Christians, we are challenged to rise up and defend those in need. Only those who do not walk, do not fall; but neither do they move forward. Therefore, it is necessary to accept the intervention of Christ and make an act of faith in God. The first step is to accept God’s will in our lives and “get up.”
We see much that is happening around our world, but don’t always have the courage to stand up for our neighbor. We often do not see those who are suffering around us and turn our eyes away from them. In many ways the unfortunate tragedy of COVID-19 has helped us to look at the poor and the helpless in a new way, having greater compassion for them.
Let us become participants in each other’s lives, accompanying each other and getting out of our comfort zones. Let’s give life to those in need! Let us also ask our Heavenly Mother to help us on this path and encourage us to rise from our sleep to help our neighbor with love.
- Catarina Leão
(Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network – Portugal)