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Prayer for the Week December 17 – Caring For One Another

December 17, 2012

Let each one confidently make known his need to another that the other might discover what is needed and minister to him.  Let each one love and care for his brother as a mother loves and cares for her son in those matters in which God has given him the grace.  (Saint Francis of Assisi, The Earlier Rule, IX:  Begging Alms, 71)

In this busy season it is easy to become absorbed in my own little corner of the world, forgetting those around me who are in need.  Those who are hurting having experienced loss, or lack.  Those that feel unloved and unwanted.   It’s this time of year when we can make room for Christ by making room for others.  Sometimes a simple smile to a stranger offered in a hectic store or a plate of cookies to a neighbor can make a huge difference.  There are so many ways to share the love of Christ with those around us.

But what if you are the one in need.  What if you are the one experiencing rough financial times or an emotional struggle.  Do you put on a “happy face” just to prove to everyone around you that you are fine?  No, dear one.  It’s so important confess your need to a close friend or loved one and allow them the opportunity to serve you.

All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need.  Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people.  And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.  (Acts 2:44-47)

During this hectic season, I often become so absorbed in my own little world that I am not attentive to the needs of others.  Help me to express my own needs humbly and to meet the needs of others graciously.  By doing so, may I be drawn into a closer relationship with others and with you.
(Advent and Christmas Wisdom from St. Francis of Assisi, pg 18)


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