Every morning, sitting with the Word of God, I try to see my life in Jacmel in the light of the Word of the day. Today I ask myself: Do I believe Jesus is the Son of God, my Savior and my Lord? The Spirit of the Lord testifies this to me–Jesus came in the flesh, human and divine, for me. Do I believe this? Do I accept this truth? The truth is “God gave us eternal life, and this life is in His Son…” Believe! Give testimony and testify to this personal love you know and experience.
“If you want, wish, you can make me clean.” Are the poor here my untouchables, the situations that come my way? Jesus, you have the power to make all things new – I know and see all the situations here that are concerns for me, those situations that need your healing and blessing, fixing, making right. Consider the Toyota ambulance; it seems like a good solution to aid the poor and sick, to give people a job and income. Yet you say, “not yet.” Then we think about the pallet–donations sent by ship from a parish faith community from the goodness of their hearts. It was sent over a month ago, and it still sits in the port, waiting to be released because of the hardness of hearts of others. Yet you say, “not yet.” Ponder the situation of the two siblings who have no place to live, so they search for a place to sleep, a home of their own. It is like the Holy Family as they searched for a place to stay. We feel called to help in the search, but rent is so expensive here for the poor. We are asking others to help us in the search and seeing how this is building relationships.
I hear you today, Jesus, saying, “of course I want and wish to heal all these situations that will extend my power and healing for others.” Jesus, you are always giving back what is lost: health, home, family, human dignity. Use me to be your touch today, to all who come to our door.