I can get distracted from God’s command to love my neighbors. Like the lawyer in Luke 10, I can spend a good amount of time wondering who my neighbor is. I can’t love the whole world. My resources—my time, energy, compassion, and money—are limited. So if I’m going to distribute scare resources, I need to decide where, or to whom.
You don’t have to be everything, just be yourself. You don’t have to work miracles, just love. You don’t have to solve everything, just work on something.
Inspire me, God. Help me transcend my hesitance to answer your call to be of help, to respond with compassion to the needs of neighbors all around me. Now is always the time, for someone in need. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
This message is an excerpt from “Transcending our hesitance” by Catherine Malotky in the March 2020 issue of Gather magazine. Today we remember Cyril, bishop of Alexandria, who died in 444.