After reading the Scripture today I decided to reflect on how the Biblical words translate into my daily life. The Gospel talks about “the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind” and I wonder what this means in today’s world. To me, this represents more of a label that could be summarized as “those who are different from me”. Or should I say “those that I perceive different from me”? A while ago I read an article about micro aggressions and even though I may depart from some of the interpretations provided in the article, a single fragment impacted me: the term micro aggression thought of as an unconscious one-way communication that conveys mercilessness and unkindness based on perceived differences.
I would then extrapolate the teachings of the Gospel into a call to make an intentional effort to avoid micro aggressions, to welcome the one who at first sight may look different from me, and to even celebrate the difference! I might have the chance to share a meal with he/she who seems different. Certainly I will have the chance to share a smile, a word, a respectful conversation. I can genuinely try to bridge my world with theirs, I can be authentic in my relationship and approach them with respect, compassion and kindness. I can be proactive and determined to give the first step toward building bridges when I feel a micro aggression is being acted upon me.
Dear on line reader, have your ever felt as being the different one, the one perhaps treated unkindly? My invitation today would be to be intentional about reaching out to the one who is different, just because it is the right thing to do.
On a different note, my prayer today is for those who have had a chance to experience the magnificent shades from green to yellow to red of the tree leaves as we do here in the Midwest, for those who can peacefully breathe the autumnal air and be one with it. My wish is that all, regardless of the geographical location, have a chance to stop for a second and be blissful with their surroundings. Thanks, God, for Autumn.
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