I believe that you recognize this verse from the gospel: I have called you by name. As each one of us is unique, so is our name. Sometimes the positive view of uniqueness is seen in the negative light of prejudice. Sometimes we judge persons to be less than uniquely loved by God simply by their outward appearance of skin color, hair length or number of tattoos.
Our uniqueness extends much further than the obvious physical differences. Each of us is just as individual in the construction of our minds, our hearts, and our spirits and individual in the way we use them for thinking, feeling and having relationships with God and others. Cultures, too, establish invisible, embedded ways of being and are expressed in unconscious ways. Sometimes we judge persons to be less than uniquely loved by God simply because they pray differently, express love differently, or work out a problem differently.
It is like the witnesses of any event; each would tell a different story. It is like the blind men touching and describing the elephant; each one saw the whole as the one part he could perceive and missed the rest!
It seems so obvious, but why is it so difficult to remember in real life that...
...everyone does not think about things the way I do...
...everyone does not see things the way I do...
...everyone does not approach things the way I do....
For me it reinforces the mystery that we are going to celebrate in this Holy Week leading up to Easter. Jesus loves us totally in our uniqueness and died for me, and he died equally for the one who is most differrent from me. Perhaps this thought of Jesus will improve my patience and extend my understanding when things seem "muy loco".
In English class this morning, the kids practiced the alphabet and sounds of the letters by drawing pictures in the letters. Each one also repreated the exercise with their name. Their names are beautiful and unique.....as are they! Roxana, Shayla, Ruth, Sandra, Mariela, Yulisa, Nelly, Lesli....you are called by name and uniquely loved.
Sr. Pam Buganski
Sr. Pam joined SewHope as our first American Project Coordinator in 2012