December 9, 2012
Can one person make a difference?
REFLECTION: “A voice of one crying out in the desert: ‘Prepare …’” (Luke 3: 4) One lone cry, not from the halls of power, not from an office of influence, not from the world of wealth, rather from a desolate wilderness. John the Baptist spoke with confidence, with conviction, with vigor and people listened. His proclamation came through God’s Word and invitation and it continues to resound 2,000 years later.;
One single person was all God needed! And so it is with us! God urges us to use our voices, our energy, our hands, from wherever we are, to announce His message of salvation for all (Luke 3: 6), especially persons living in poverty. And according to St. Vincent, “If God is center of my life, no words will be needed. My mere presence will touch hearts.”2 “The Lord has done great things for us …” and through us; “we are glad indeed.” (Psalm 126: 3) And God who has begun this good work in us will continue until it is completed. (Philippians 1: 6) Let’s listen, cooperate and share.
TRY THIS: Think of one ordinary person/Lady of Charity who has made a difference in your life, in your work. What did/does s/he do? How does this affect, effect you? During Advent, make an opportunity to affirm and thank this person.
1 Writings of Elizabeth Ann Seton Volume 2, #7.316, page 703
2 Coste, Vincent de Paul Correspondence, Conferences, Documents Vol. XII, 181, page 15, paraphrase
Prepared by Carol Schumer, D.C., December 2012