“Remember, you are dust…” [6]

“… and unto dust you shall return.”

DSC00279

Where do I look? What do I see? Whom do I not look at?

I recall taking an extra few block walk down Connecticut Ave. in Washington, DC to catch the Metro on my way to class (liturgical studies) at The Catholic University of America some years back. In the rush of human traffic on the sidewalk, I glanced at what seemed to be a heap of Hefty Bags against this building.

Out of this jumble came a voice full of irritation & accusation, “Don’t you go walking by and not look at me!” “What the…” No one else blinked an eye. No one blanched. Then I saw a middle-aged woman materialize from the bags. “Don’t you not look at me! I’m a person! I’m a HUNGRY person, too. Gimme some money!”

Long story short, I acted little better than the Levi who passed by the guy who was beat up in the ditch. I had to get to class. We went into McDonald’s and I bought her breakfast. And headed to class.

This is the story that haunts me today with the “Sheep & Goats” gospel.  “When did we see you hungry or naked or in prison…”

It seems to me that my habitual focus is inward. It really is ‘all about me’. Just sayin’.

I wondered out loud with the noon Mass congregation today about the lens provided today by the gospel and how it differs from my/our usual lens encouraged by popular Church notions.  Where do I look? What do I see? Whom do I avoid looking at?

It’s so “gratifying” to fill my awareness with myself – Am I doing Lent right? Did I do XYorZ right?

Why is it so difficult to see those whom Jesus named as our brothers & sisters? For me it’s the fear of being drawn into the world out there that I avoid in here. You?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Early Music Now

Across Borders - Across Time

Gretchen McCulloch

Internet Linguist

joyindestructible

Joy is the product of enduring faith.

anntogether

AM Roselli's art & writing site

lillian the home poet

rejuvenatement - not retirement

The Feels

Feel Good News 24/7

Elihu's Corner

press on to know the lord

karenwriteshere

Hope isn't an emotion, but a daily choice. Keep choosing the path of hope.

symbolreader

Sharing My Love of Symbols

The Lace In My Head Mirrors the Cosmic Mind

The cosmos is also within us. We are made of star dust. We are a way that the cosmos can know itself. Carl Sagan

Disarmed by Love

A force like no other. To be known and loved.

Revealing the Absolute

Where Seeking Ends and Learning Begins

Live the Essentials

Insights from the mishaps and adventures of a religious brother

Post it Notes from my Idiot Boss

delivered directly to my computer monitor on an all too regular basis...

National Media Museum blog

We explore the science, technology and art of the still and moving image, and its impact on our lives.

Envisioning The American Dream

A visual remix of the American Dream as pictured in Mid Century Media

Before the Downbeat

Thoughts on music, creativity, imagination, and exploring the space between the notes.

Pew Theology

Faith | Life | Society

%d bloggers like this: