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Compassion as the telltale sign of the Kingdom
Are you kind? I won't ask you to raise your hand but I'd like you to answer that question in your heart. Are you a kind person? People who work in the area of kindness education tell me that most of us would respond to that question by raising our hands.
The next question that I'd like to ask us is "when was the last time you were intentionally kind to someone with a kind act?" What we're the circumstances of that kind act? What prompted you to make that kind gesture? Was it sympathy? Pity? Empathy? Compassion?
That sensitivity, that alarm bell indicating to you that someone needed comfort, relief, mercy, help, a kind word, a hot meal....that is what the Lord calls the Kingdom of God within you.
How often does that alarm bell go off in you? If I were honest I might say that a different alarm bell goes off in my heart way too often: insulted, frightened, threatened, sad, offended, disgusted, condemning, criticism, etc. Those alarms do not call us to kindness, mercy, patience, love.
Might we need to sensitize our consciences
Get into the ring! How this works...
This is easy! Each week on Thursday I post my homily idea...my main focus for preaching this coming Sunday. What I am hoping for is a reaction from people in the pews. Does my "focus" connect with your daily life, faith, and experience? Or not? Either affirm the direction I am going in (by giving me an example from your life) or challenge me, ask for clarification! Questions are the best! Reaction rather than reflection is what I'm looking for here. Don't be afraid, get in the ring. Ole!