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Reaching Into the Ditches

We had a great family day yesterday: one of our great-nephews was baptized, so we had a chance to visit a local parish for Mass, and then enjoyed a picnic afterwards with family and friends.

The priest gave an excellent sermon, and one of the things he said resonated with me. Preaching on the Gospel about the narrow gate, he exhorted us to reach down into the ditches of the roadway to those who'd "fallen off". Ask them, he said, "How are you?" and then listen. Ask them, "How can I help?" and then listen. And when they are ready, ask them "What about Christ? Can He help?"

Telling us to notice those people around us who have maybe given up, are too burdened to carry on, who are sad and lonely: how important that is! Reminding us that listening is far more important than talking: how important that is! And finally, stating what should be obvious but often isn't: sharing Christ with someone - how important that is!

Look around you this day, this week. Who has fallen into the ditches in your life? Ask them how they are...and then just listen.

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  1. Thank you for some added direction for this week, and for the weeks to come! ~ Rosemary in Ohio

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