I came across this poem the other day and thought I would share a part of it with you all.
Here s a snippet of the poem,
"Rule One of all
No one ever knows
how much another hurts.
THis is a true statement for the most part. IT is true that no one knows how much we hurt. When it comes to pain or sorrow or hurt, we are always on the outside looking in at another's plot in life.
We can empathize with them; we can have compassion for them; but we are always a bit removed from their pain, their sorrow.
No one ever knows how much another hurts.
True and yet their is one who knows.
There is one who knows us better then we know ourselves. There is one who is not on the outside looking in but rather is at the very heart of our being.
Is this not what the reading of yesterday is all about.
Jesus says the following, "I am the bread of life...this is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may eat and not die. I am the living bread that comes down from heaven, whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my Flesh for the life of the world."
The gift of the Eucharist reminds us that HE is with us always. He comes in us and makes a home. He is near to us. There is one who knows how much we hurt.
There should be a new rule one of all rules: no one ever knows how much another hurts but one; this is the one we put our faith in. This is the one who gives us his very life to nourish us and to lead us home.
This is the Good Shepherd Himself.
For this we never walk alone.