As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Just up the road live two horses, the male horse blind from an unfortunate accident. If nearby and listening, you will hear the sound of a bell. Looking around for the source of the sound, you will see that it comes from the smaller horse in the field. Attached to her halter is a small bell that lets her blind friend know where she grazes and moves throughout the field. As you stand and watch these two friends, you will see how she is always checking on him; he will listen for her bell and then slowly walk to where she is — trusting that she will not lead him astray.
When the mare returns to the barn’s shelter each evening, she stops occasionally and looks back, making sure her friend isn’t too far behind to hear the bell. As the seasons change and the years accumulate, the mare may someday need a friend to protect her from the dominant, younger horses. These magnificent animals tell our story. Sometimes we are the blind horse being guided by the little ringing bell; other times we are the guide horse, helping others see. (Author Unknown, http://www.inspirationpeak.com)
Jesus reminds us of his expectation: “As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love.” Our Lord asks us to extend our hand with humility and respect — to serve not the leftovers — but our finest for his beloved. It is simply a matter of time when we, too, will face difficulty. We will need guidance, encouragement, a hand up — all in a spirit that celebrates our dignity. Who needs you to ring your bell this day? Someone does. Listen. The God of all creation will direct your path.
—The Jesuit Prayer Team
Lord, raise our vigilance to pay attention to those who support us and those who need support from us. Grant us your grace to never miss an opportunity to say thank you. Through an assuring word, through recognition of another’s work, through a smile that invites levity in the moment, let us be an encourager to others. Let us recall your most amazing promise: “I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.”
—The Jesuit Prayer Team