By Jonathan Ruano
Change can at times come with a bit of chaos and confusion. Over the last few weeks I have transitioned my life from the Cleveland area to the DC area and this change has been a bit chaotic and confusing. So much was the chaos that I misplaced my car keys and wasn't able to drive for a few days.
I had to take the bus and metro to work, and although at first I complained it led me to a beautiful experience.
As I was riding on train I witnessed a very simple yet powerful act of kindness. As I was standing, I saw all the seats were full and an elder woman walked in. She was vibrant, happy, and smiling but I also saw that the years had taken a toll on her and her now fragile legs. She looked around for an open seat but there were none to be found. Most passengers were consumed in their phones or newspapers but a young man noticed the needs of the older woman and gave his seat up.
This simple yet selfless act inspired within me and a few others around a sense of love for others.
I witnessed a couple people smile at the young man and say "good job" and "thank you." And in my heart I knew that Christ was proud of him for his action.
In this week's readings Paul reminds us, "serve one another through love. For the whole law is fulfilled in one statement, namely, you shall love your neighbor as yourself."
However, at times I have struggled with the concept of loving myself.
To me, it initially sounds self centered and selfish but throughout my faith journey I have learned that loving myself makes loving others easier. I want the best possible things for my life and that's okay. Even writing this I found myself distracted looking up the best seafood restaurant around me! We all want the best of whatever it is and that's not a bad thing. But Paul reminds me that the goal is to love others as myself.
It's about wanting the best for the other, our brothers and sisters, especially those in great need.
Mother Teresa used to say "Not all of us can do great things but we can do small things with great love." With this man's actions on the train, he did exactly that. And what a world it would be if we all chipped in and did our part to build the kingdom of God.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jonathan is a campus minister at Gonzaga College High School in Washington DC. On his free time he enjoys spending time with his family and friends and if it's around a meal even better. He is a huge sports fan, soccer being his favorite. His faith is the cornerstone of his life and tries to live by the philosophy "Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam", for the greater glory of God.