There's a sticker on my car that says, "Kindness is contagious." I didn't put it there. And there are times I want to remove it. Why? Because when other drivers see the sticker, they expect me to be a kind driver. And what if I fall short? The pressure is on.
The sticker reminds me that our faith is lived not merely interiorly. It must be expressed exteriorly--often in small ways. We Christians believe certain truths, and, as a result, act in certain ways. We are expected, for example, to be kind, honest, compassionate, forgiving, patient and hopeful. We try to act in these ways, not because we want to impress people, but because we want to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.
Today's gospel shows people observing Jesus carefully. Who's watching us today? Will they be able to tell, by our words and actions, that we are followers of Jesus?
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