I recently traveled to Shanghai on business and was dropped off at the front of the international terminal. As the van pulled in, I saw a woman – a beggar who, at some point in her life, had been severely burned.
Her face was deeply scarred and she had the use of only three fingers on each hand.
It was a busy morning, and I have to admit: She was something I personally didn’t want to deal with.
My first instinct was to go into the terminal and just avoid the situation.
But then another, stronger instinct kicked in and I knew without a doubt that wasn’t the Christian response. I pulled out some money and gave it to her. She bowed to me and thanked me in Chinese several times.
For a moment, our eyes met… and it was one of those moments that seems to last a lifetime. I wondered if I hadn’t just seen the face of Jesus.
As we stepped out of the van, I asked my co-worker if he had seen her. He had not and had no idea what I was talking about. And when I turned to look back for her, I could no longer see her on the platform. Why did I see her and my colleague did not?
As Catholics during Lent, we’re challenged to make a true and total change in our direction along the path of life. At times that change forces us to stand against a strong current that conflicts with what we’re bombarded with through so many mediums and people.
As single people seeking significant others, we are called to see the value of people beyond some pleasure or benefit we might receive from them. We’re each challenged to pursue a common good greater than ourselves.
May God grant us wisdom to help us on the journey.
Reflection question: Do you view others as Jesus does?
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