Living the Gospel: Being a presence of Jesus

The word of life for December sets us before the immediacy of Mary of Nazareth in adhering to God’s will. How can we be a presence of Jesus today? A glimpse of evangelical life through 4 short experiences.
SlumsTowards Christmas
“I knew that the company I was working for would soon close shop and I would be jobless. Despite this, as Christmas neared, my colleagues and I thought of setting aside a part of our salary for the poorer people. So we went to visit a family who lived in a shanty and was deprived of all necessities. In addition to an envelope with the money we also brought toys for the children. We left happily: it seemed to us that it was best preparation for the birth of the Lord. Before the day ended, some good news arrived: we were promised another five months of work.” (J.L.V. – Mexico)

«One day at school, I saw a little girl who was all alone in a corner. I immediately went and asked her, “Why are you crying?” She told me that she had stomach ache because she had not had breakfast and had nothing for lunch. I thought: “It is Jesus who is hungry” and gave her my sandwich. After a while that girl said to me: “Now my stomach is no longer aching.” I was so happy. (S.S – Philippines)

I forgive!
«I was playing with a friend of mine when a boy arrived and with no reason hit me on the head, and I had to go to the hospital to be treated. Retuning from the hospital I had only one thought: revenge. The day after, that boy’s father came to ask forgiveness. And he added: “I give you my permission to do to my son what he did to you. Perhaps he will understand how badly he behaved!” At that point I remembered Jesus’s invitation to love one’s enemies and I answered him that I forgave him. Surprised, the father called his son, and so we made up and now live in peace.”  (Dionisio – Angola)

Stolen drillers
While I was working in the office together with my colleague, Benda, who is Muslim, we heard a crash from outside. We went and looked: someone had broken the glass of our van and had stolen three drills. It was the first time a something like that happened and we were inconsolable. Then the idea of forgiving the thief came to mind thinking he was probably pushed by necessity. Recalling a phrase of the Koran Benda added: “When a person forgives, what he was robbed of will be returned by someone else.” That evening, at home, while I was recounting what happened, one of my relatives offered me three drills which he wasn’t using anymore. The next day, he brought them, and one of them was similar to the more expensive drill that had been stolen.   (A.G. – Italy)