Wow! This is a big weekend. Our second graders are receiving their First Eucharist and in the gospel today, Jesus tells His followers to, “…love one another as I have loved you.”
Anthony, our youngest, is among those receiving his First Eucharist. From the very beginning of his understanding, we would emphasize the miracle of the changing of bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ happening at the altar during the liturgy of the Eucharist. “It’s a miracle,” we’d tell him!
Miracles still happen today just as they did in Jesus’ time; people are healed of horrific illnesses, tornadoes turn away from heavily populated areas, babies are born prematurely and live to be rambunctious toddlers. What about the “everyday miracles” in our lives? What about the mornings where everything seems to go wrong, but we still make it to work on time? What about the night dinner gets started before we get home? What about the few minutes where all the kids in the house are laughing, recalling a family memory?
How can we assist everyday miracles by following Jesus’ commandment, “Love one another as I have loved you?” We have opportunity to assist Jesus all the time. What comes to mind is a friendly “hello” or smile. We can hold the door open for an elder. What about calling that certain person whose face or name has been on our mind? If we find ourselves awake during the night, we could ask Jesus, “Whom could I be praying for right now?” Being more aware of our surroundings allows Jesus to work through us to help Him with the everyday miracles.
Matthew Kelly, author of Rediscover Jesus, shares about a friend of his whom, when at a social gathering, “…ends up spending the majority of his time…with the most unlikely person.” This friend does so because he hopes to ease the pain of the person who appears to be suffering the most. That’s really being aware of your surroundings.
One of the tricks to being more aware of our surroundings is to put down the technology. Have “Tech Free Time” in the house. Go for a walk and point out sounds, smells, and sights. Watch the body language of those we encounter; do people smile when they say “hello” or do they wince? We’ll be more aware of the person struggling with groceries who needs a hand opening a door. We will be in the mood to bake cookies and share with a coworker, brightening their day.
Being a part of Jesus’ commandment to “…love one another as I have loved you” is exciting! How often can we help with an everyday miracle while loving as Jesus did?
- Julie Feldhake