I came home late the other night. It had been a long day and I was tired.
I decided to go and water some young trees alongside the Cathedral here in Darwin.
A man came and started talking to me, asking for prayers, and telling me about his struggles. He went away to sleep alongside the Cathedral.
As I finished watering, I was really tired by now and was looking forward to going indoors preparing for a good night’s sleep.
As I walked past him while putting the garden hose away, the man started talking to me again after I had said goodnight.
He said that he was hungry and had I something to give him. It was a long way to the kitchen, and it was late!
My first reaction was to say “let us wait till tomorrow morning”.
I did not say that and told myself to remember the generosity of God!
I told him to wait while I went inside to organise a toasted sandwich.
I put out the bread and butter and the cheese. I looked at my fridge with lots of food inside. How blessed I was? So, I decided to put some bacon and tomato on the sandwich as well.
I took the toasted sandwich to him, and again wished him a goodnight.
I find that when I reflect on what I am doing I am reminded of what is important.
I find self-talk helps me to not just react on first impulses but try to act out of something deeper.
Remembering the meaning of the Gospel, teaches us to make life-giving choices in everyday life.