July 10, Wednesday Weekday
Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.
— Psalm 33:22
Mass Readings: Genesis 41:55-57;42:5-7a,17-24a/Matthew 10:1-7
The Whole World
I chuckled when I read in today’s first reading that “famine had gripped the whole world.” No, that’s not true. There was a famine in the Middle East at the time of Jacob, but not “the whole world.” People elsewhere were probably just fine. However, that didn’t matter to those who were starving. For them, the “whole world” was without grain.
We all tend to have personal myopia, assuming that our feelings and thoughts are universal. Believing that is a sure recipe for disaster. If we’re to live in the peace that we’re called to by our faith, we need to understand that people see and experience things through their own lenses. Once we realize that, we’re better able to let go of judgment and simply accept people where they are.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, grant me the ability to see the world through other people’s eyes.
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