New situations can be intimidating, yet they are also a great opportunity to grow and express yourself. We want to make a good impression on others, whether it is at the beginning of a new school year, a new job, or just meeting someone for the first time. Likewise, when people are first turning to the Christian faith, we want them to have a positive experience of Christianity so that they can come to know the love and mercy of God. In all of our actions then, we ought to take this into consideration and model our own attitudes and actions after Christ, who is the "face of the Father's mercy" (MV, no. 1). By showing others love, mercy, and compassion, we offer them the opportunity to deepen their relationship with God.
1. Personal encounters and invitations are a great way to witness God's mercy and compassion to others. This month, try some of these out. Even little actions, like a smile, can make a big difference in the way people see you as living out your faith.
a. Eat lunch with someone you don't normally sit with.
b. Say hello to those you pass on the street, making eye contact and smiling rather than looking down at your feet.
c. Invite someone to come to church with you or to a parish activity.