My friends, if anyone is detected in a transgression, you who have received the Spirit should restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness. Take care that you yourselves are not tempted. 2Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfil the law of Christ. 3For if those who are nothing think they are something, they deceive themselves. 4All must test their own work; then that work, rather than their neighbour’s work, will become a cause for pride. 5For all must carry their own loads.
Reflection by Janet Derby
Listening to the news can be disheartening and cause me to feel that any effort I make is futile. As I listened to another story of the conditions of the migrant detention centers today, I wondered how I could possibly fulfill the command to bear one another’s burdens. Yet, I know that having others share in my own frustrations and issues can be quite a benefit. I recognize, that even if we can’t fix everything, we each have in our own small world, the power to conquer hate. Each small act, whether it is helping a neighbor in need, reaching out to someone who is ill or hurting, contributing clothing or supplies to Hope Thru Soap or the MUST backpack drive, is a way in which we bear each other’s burdens. We are never fully aware of the burden carried by another, but simply offering a smile or a helping hand can ease their way.
Gentle God, help us all to be aware of the burdens carried by those around us and to do all that we can to ease their load. Amen.