Mother Theresa reminded us, “Jesus taught us how to forgive out of love, how to forget out of humility. So let us examine our hearts and see if there is any unforgiven hurt—any unforgotten bitterness.”
Mother Theresa continues, “It is easy to love those who are far away. It isn’t always easy to love those who are right next to us.
She says, “It is easier to offer food to the hungry than to answer the lonely suffering of someone who lacks love right in one’s own family.”
Mother Theresa goes on, “The world today is upside down because there is so very little love in the home, and in family life.”
I think that I have been guilty of giving charity to “kids in Africa” or “kids in Peru”, instead of loving my own family the way that I should and the way that they need me to love them. When I give to kids in a distant country, I do not have to put effort into a real relationship, and I am protected by distance.
However, there was a special case when I had the opportunity to interact directly with two homeless people, a man and a woman who were married and living outside on the streets. I talked with them and gave them money, a tent, sleeping bags and food. I did not do a good enough job of speaking to their spiritual needs, their loneliness and their emotional pain.
I was homeless myself for one year and I know what their pain is. I believe that I did my best to help them at the time. My goal was to show them that I would go out of my may to love them, in the brief time that we had together. But it was not enough, and I felt frustrated and sad for them and even powerless. I found out several months later that the woman died. We never know what impact and how important a brief encounter can be with another suffering human being. So let’s love one another, like it is their last day, or like it is our last day!
Remember, every one of us is connected to every other human being on the planet. When we love another person and make an impact on their life, our positive energy radiates outward to even more people, like the ripples from a stone thrown into a lake.
Love is the language of the soul and it is our best way of making a real difference in another human being’s life. We can touch the hearts, minds and souls of the people in our life, and then see those lives touch countless other lives, and we watch as love flows out like a great river, to touch all of us!