Reflection after Visits to Guatemala and Liberia

While I was deciding which oat bran cereal to eat this morning, You were searching the ground for leftover grains from the passing wheat truck. 

While I was jogging at the health center, You were working in the wealthy landowner's fields under a scorching sun. 

While I complained about the poor service in the gourmet restaurant, You were gratefully receiving a bowl of rice. 

Forgive me for my arrogance and my indifference. Forgive me for my greed of always wanting newer, bigger and better things. Forgive me for not doing my part to change the unjust systems that keep you suffering and impoverished. 

I offer you my promise to become more aware of your situation   and to change my lifestyle as I work for transformation of our world. 

(Sr. Joyce Rupp's reflection after visits to Guatemala and Liberia)