Every morning, sitting with the Word of God, I try to see my life in Jacmel, Haiti, in the light of the Word of the day. Today there are two lines in the first reading that grab my attention: …”whoever believes in the Son of God has this testimony within him self,” and “…who possesses the Son has eternal life.”
Our life here is very different from the lives we each led before Jacmel. It is totally directed toward others. We are not doing great deeds but small ones, such as giving a cup of water to someone who is thirsty. Our normal day will be spent on preparing for morning English class and conducting the class; buying food for Kizin Manman Angela; searching for a room to rent for two siblings whose parents died during the earthquake and who still do not have a place to sleep; finding help for someone failing in school; etc. When you add to this very hot weather, even this can be so tiring. I am also learning a new “trade”….making bracelets for girls in order to teach them to make the bracelets themselves…. Two years ago I would not have believed anyone who would have told me I could do this! And, of course, there are our Creole classes….so we would be able to communicate and, most of all, to proclaim the Word to them. How much I desire to tell them that, even if they have hardly anything material, they have Jesus Christ; and having Him, they have eternal life and they have this testimony in themselves. One of my biggest joys here was when I was able to begin giving little catechesis in Creole before Christmas. This is such a joy to be able to proclaim the Good News in a different language!