Tuesday 12 November 2019
Wisdom 2:23 – 3:9. Psalm 33(34):2-3, 16-19. Luke 17:7-10.
I will bless the Lord at all times – Psalm 33(34):2-3, 16-19
‘We are merely servants: we have done no more than our duty’
Raoul Wallenberg, our first honorary Australian citizen, may well have said just that about his heroic actions. As a Swedish diplomat posted to Nazi-occupied Budapest in 1944, he saved thousands of Jewish people by issuing protective passports and sheltering them in diplomatic buildings. Allowed to issue only 500 passports, he simply started again at number 1 when the quota was exhausted. Confronting firing squads, he persuaded soldiers to let the condemned people go with him.
Wallenberg could have done his duty by filling out paperwork and tending files. He could have closed his eyes to the horror unfolding around him. Instead of dying in a Soviet prison camp, he may have had a comfortable life.
Jesus, help me to look around and see what I can do for others. Be my inspiration to act justly and love tenderly; walk alongside me when I cannot see the way.