The apostle Paul reminds us today that, in so many positive ways, we are in fact “full of goodness.” He suggests that I pay attention to what Jesus is accomplishing through my attitudes and actions. Insignificant as these may seem at the time, who knows what practical “signs and wonders” I might be able to bring about as I go about my daily routine.
So how can I use my time and talents to help a family member who isn’t doing so well? In school or at work today, how might I reach out to a friend in need? Most often it isn’t the “great deeds” that make the difference. Rather my attitude and outlook shape my interaction with others in very practical and sometimes surprising ways. When all is said and done, it really isn’t about me at all. It’s about how I let God’s good grace help me make thoughtful decisions, especially in the ways I reach out to those I meet. Sometimes it isn’t what I say to someone else; rather it’s about how the other person “hears” and “understands” my words and actions. Pay attention during today’s encounters and conversations to the practical ways the Spirit of God is at work!
—The Jesuit prayer team from the Jesuit Community at St. Camillus in Wauwatosa, WI.