Today’s Blessing Prayer: Tuesday greetings and blessings to all. I hope your day is starting off well. The rain has once again returned. We seem to be in this pattern of a nice day and then a rainy day. At least it is not snow. I hope wherever you are the weather is not holding you back from a good day!
A couple of years around this time I spent after an afternoon and evening in Manhattan and I was making my way along 47th Street on my way to the train and I pass a mother and two children. They were begging. At first, I just walked by trying to pretend like I didn’t see or hear them, however something, someone, inside my heart told me to stop and go back. I reached into my pocket and gave the woman what I had and said please get something to eat. She smiled and said thanks as did her daughter and son.
I walked away feeling good for the moment. However, all the way home on the train I wondered where will they sleep tonight? The image of that mother and children still haunts me today. I continue to wonder where they sleep each night and there are so many more just like them across our country and around the world. We have so much to offer as a country, as a nation, as a world but people go to bed each night hungry and not in their own home or any home. Why don’t people have food and a warm and safe place to sleep?
There are probably many answers to these questions and some are beyond our control but somewhere along the line we have got to learn to care for people. It is the challenge of our Gospel!
I pray today for all of us that we will learn to not just ask for God’s mercy but also to share God’s mercy. That we will learn to share what we have so that a miracle happens in our life time where no one is hungry and that everyone goes to sleep safe and warm. May our merciful God bless all of us today with the wisdom, understanding, compassion, and love to be people willing to share the gift of ourselves with everyone we meet. May God’s blessing help us to remember that sharing our gifts can make the impossible – possible!
Pope Francis has told us be people who - “Instead of imposing new obligations, (Christians) should appear as people who wish to share their joy, who point to a horizon of beauty and who invite others to a delicious banquet.” (Pope Francis)
Let’s take up the challenge of the Gospel and give a simple gift to someone today in honor of the magi, in honor of the Holy Family, in honor of God’s mercy in your life!
I pray today that you have a blessed and holy day, and may you encounter only the Spirit of God in your work, your travels and your living of life! Blessing to all today – Be well, be safe and be warm! Peace in Christ's Passion...Fr. Paul
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P.
A prayer or two to help you through your day!