Pope Francis spoke of healthcare workers as “the saints next door” and “the antibodies to the virus of indifference.” The Gospel tells us that those who lose their lives save their lives (Mk. 9:24).  Doctors, nurses, and others in the forefront of the pandemic are willing to lose their lives so that others may live. Their life is not about themselves. Instead, they freely give their lives for others.

Do I live in such courageous freedom? Do I see and meet the needs of others? Or am I indifferent? Has the necessary isolation of so many over the past months helped us see more clearly how we are all connected? Today as you listen to news or read the paper, check your immunity to indifference. Build up those antibodies through care and compassion.

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