“Is there anyone among you who would hand his son a stone when he asked for bread?” Matthew 7:9
Every parent wants what is best for their child. Nobody wants to see their child go hungry. This is why Amie in Sierra Leone never gave up seeking help for her daughter Lombeh who was failing to thrive.
We are also reminded in this reading to “treat others as you would like them to treat you”. Amie learnt from the Sisters at a local clinic how to make a special nutritious mix. Now in turn, she shows her friends how to make it, to help their children to grow and stay healthy.
It is not always easy to treat other people as we know that we should. We often put our own desires above the needs of others. We can behave in ways that are damaging and hurtful.
So today, let us try harder to treat others as we would wish to be treated. Not only the people that we meet, but also those far away from us who nevertheless feel the impact of our choices and of the global systems in which we live and play our part.
Let us remember that God who loves us is there to help and support us as we strive to be better and to create a fairer world in which all people can reach their full potential.