“Love your neighbour as yourself” was the message in church today. And not just in the sermon.
I took my mom to her local parish for the first time in a long time. She was in a car accident earlier in the year and some of the parishioners hadn’t seen her since she was released from hospital. They welcomed her back warmly, one man in particular.
His name is Simon and although he’s near 60, he has the mental age of a pre-teen. He has two club feet and a wicked sense of humour.
Even though he suffers from a number of ailments and it’s painful for him to be on his feet for long, you can’t seem to visit St. Agatha’s without seeing Simon either on duty as an usher, taking collection or volunteering in other ways.
After communion, Peter made a point of coming over to see my mom and asked her about her walker (the Nexus 2000, eye-catching wheels obviously). He then took her hand in his and told her he was praying for her to get better. She was touched and thanked him for that.
When we left the church, I spotted something I’d never noticed before. There was a box to collect used eyeglasses for the needy.
So when I got home I found three pairs of glasses I’d “outgrown” and they will go in the box.
“Loving my neighbour as myself” might as well start with helping them to see their neighbour….
If you’d like to donate your eyewear to a good cause, check out www.givethegiftofsight.org. Every year, the Gift of Sight Foundation makes Halloween Night their “Sight Night.”
On that night, “ghouls” and boys collect used eyewear during trick-or-treat. All the eyewear collected on Sight Night is then cleaned, repaired and hand-delivered to underprivileged people in developing countries who couldn’t otherwise afford them.
This year is the 10th annual Sight Night. Since the program began in 1999, more than 1,000,000 pairs of eyewear have been collected — enough to help approximately 30,000 people on 30 separate missions! That’s a lot of specs!