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I am with you always... (Matthew 28:20)
"Jesus is living next to you, in the brothers and sisters with whom you share your daily existence." --Pope John Paul II, World Youth Day XII
Do you mean to tell me that Jesus is living with those people next door? No way! But how might I think of my neighbors differently if I accepted that they are my brothers and sisters in Jesus? This is a big challenge that the Holy Father puts to you, since we like to find faults with our neighbors rather than praise them.
This week think of something kind you can do for your next-door neighbor. Then do it!
Lord, thank you for living next door to me in my neighbor's home. Help me to see you there. Help me to be kind and good to my neighbors since you are living there with them.
Pope John Paul II was baptized as an infant on June 20, 1920.
My Dear Young Friends: Pope John Paul II Speaks to Youth on Life, Love, and Courage
Copyright © 2002 -- Reprinted with permission of the editor, John M. Vitek.
My Dear Young Friends, a collection of fifty-two weekly reflections on living in the Spirit, invites young people to read and act on Pope John Paul II's inspiring addresses to young people gathered at annual World Youth Day celebrations. Please visit www.smp.org for more information from the publisher, Saint Mary's Press.