Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Strength of the Kind

A reflection on the first Matins reading for Friday, June 25, 2010 (1 Sam 25:14-24, 28-39) by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB.

Today in the first reading at Matins we heard of Abigail’s intercession for her husband. How could we not see Abigail as a Christ like figure? She really gives the image of the suffering Christ in what she took upon herself because of her husband’s deeds. It says, “As soon as Abigail saw David, she quickly dismounted from the ass, and falling prostrate on the ground before David, did him homage. As she fell at his feet she said, ‘My lord, let the blame be mine. Please let your handmaid speak to you and listen to the words of your handmaid. Please forgive the transgression of your handmaid, for the Lord shall certainly establish a lasting dynasty for my lord because your lordship is fighting the battles of the Lord and there is no evil to be found in you your whole life long.”

Kindness is an amazing ointment of healing—the kindness of the Lord flowing through us. I am becoming more and more in awe of people who are kind. Kindness is something we have to work at. Kindness is not for the weak. Kindness shows such deep strength.

When I see people who are continually kind, even in difficult situations, even when they could say something mean, I am in absolute awe. I know what that must feel like. We’ve all been in a situation when we’ve wanted to tell someone, “I want to show you what you’ve done. I want to show you that you’ve slashed me around.” But there are some people who reply to those who hurt them with kindness.

It reminds me of Christ being nailed to the Cross and saying, “Father forgive them, they do not know what they are doing.” If we can imitate that example, we do so much for the world for healing. Think today about how you want to pay more attention to kindness—when you don’t feel like giving a kind word, give one. One small word can be such an ointment for another. And to tell you the truth it’s really more of an ointment for those who give it.

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