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Be hospitable... (1 Peter 4:9)
"There, in the midst of humankind, is the dwelling of Christ, who asks you to dry every tear in His name, and to remind whoever feels lonely that no one whose hope is placed in Him is ever alone." --Pope John Paul II, World Youth Day XII
Think about the way Jesus lived his life. He visited the sick. He went out of his way to be with people whom others wouldn't be around. He helped people up when they were down. He shared in people's sorrow when they were sad. This is what we are called to do too.
You know there are kids in your school cafeteria that sit alone for lunch each day. They seem to not have any friends, right? At least one day this week take your lunch tray and sit with someone who usually sits alone. Ask if you can join him or her for lunch. See if you can't get to know him or her a little bit.
Lord, you went out of your way to be with people who were alone. Help me to have the same kind of courage.
The armored car that the Pope uses is actually called the Popemobile. It has an electronically controlled seat and a motorized elevator platform for getting in and out of the car.
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.