"We are all your blessed Body,
and you have always loved me precisely in my unworthiness.
How can I not do the same to others?"
Quote from Richard Rohr - Hope Against Darkness p.38
Reading the daily devotion from Richard Rohr, I was struck by the above sentence in relation to something I've been harboring "against myself" for the past week or so......case in point - I desperately needed a parking place for a meeting (I happened to be running a little late) and as I searched slowly, cautiously, a pickup truck roared up behind me, right on my tail - he tooapparently in a hurry. Allowing myself to be pressured into stepping on the gas, I inadvertently pulled past a very open, vacant spot - which I noted in my rearview mirror was immediately taken by my pickup friend!
I declared to myself quite loudly, I was alone in the car, just what I thought about this young fellow AND IMMEDIATELY thought, .........what was I thinking blurting out such a rude declaration?!!! I'm supposed to be a child of God, the other driver the same - what made me blurt out that hatefulness, that uncalculated venom against a stranger? Would I have said the same thing if another meeting member that I knew well had taken what I perceived as my parking spot? I doubt it.
That lesson hit me squarely, I mean I'm still thinking about it two weeks later - I'm praying that's the last time such rudeness regarding a stranger and their actions will pass from my lips or even through my mind. If I can only treat strangers as friends, or neighbors as myself.....mmmmm, sounds familiar doesn't it?