DAILY DEVOTIONS:Aug 12 'Caring to Befriend'

'Caring to Befriend'
St. Jane Frances de Chantal
... who executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and befriends the alien, feeding and clothing him.
- Deuteronomy 10:18
At a party, a friend was talking about how to respond to people on the streets asking for money. She told of seeing, on her morning walk, a man in ragged clothes seated by a cement wall in the park, his shabby bag beside him. She stopped and talked to him. She learned his name is Peter, he sleeps there in all kinds of weather, and he has two brothers. She felt sad for not helping.

Did she help by treating him as a child of God, learning his name and caring about him? Do we become God-like when we befriend the stranger, when we treat justly those who don't matter to most in our culture? Moses thinks so; he tells his people to remember this when they enter the Promised Land. Jesus goes even further. If we don't befriend the alien, he says, we aren't friends of his. Let's watch for ways to assist those in need and to learn from them who God is.
Teach me to love and serve you, God, with all my heart and soul.
- Mary Marrocco


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