Many have asked me since my return, “How was your time in Peru?” I can’t help but wonder how to qualify such an experience. In truth, it was hard, but it was also one of the greatest gifts I have ever received. I was given the opportunity to experience Christ is His little ones, in my brothers and sisters of community, and in the poor suffering souls in my neighborhood. I was given the gift to be changed by His gaze in each one of them and to begin to live from an honest experience of Christ and not from my mistaken Christian idealism.
Since I’ve returned, I see that my time with Christ in his poverty has opened my eyes to the suffering of so many here as well. At times, it overwhelms me and I scream inside that I am incapable of responding to His call, that I am incapable of giving these people what they truly need. Yet I know that Christ is capable and that I must simply let His gaze be my gaze...that I must take up my failings and ask forgiveness for my mistakes and forgive in kind. I must take what I receive first from Him, and give it to those who also thirst as I do for the one thing, the only thing, that we all need: The Love of God.