Vidimus – We have seen
Dear friends of our socioMovens movement!
Literally overnight we entered into a new year. With hopes, worries, expectations. Time does not stand still, and we in time do not stand still either. There is the question, with which attitude, which attitude we enter the new time. How should we face all that is new, unknown, challenging? The answer is simple: with open eyes and a sharpened mind. There is no reason to be afraid and discouraged, because whatever happens: God even in the New Year wants to meet us in all possible ways, to accompany us and stand by our side. And with him we can look more closely, perceive what we are facing and what provokes our compassion, our passion, our commitment.
Therefore, I would like to propose to all of us a motto for the year, which we can update and concretize month after month: “We have seen” – in Latin: “Vidimus“. We find this word at a very decisive point in the Gospel, which makes it clear what is important ultimately. The astonishment is great among those who have done everything right: “Lord, when did we see you hungry and give you food or thirsty and give you drink?” (Mt 25: 37)
Do we stop and help?
You might think it’s normal to look away when others are in need; that we have an eye for those who need our attention and sympathy – whether they are people on the street; colleagues or friends who ask for help; classmates or fellow students with whom no one else wants anything to do …
Do we see them? Do we pass by – or do we stop, perceive them, turn to them and give our time, our help, also our money …
Dear friends, as a socioMovens movement we have learned to look more closely, to get involved and to share our experiences with each other. And we will perhaps be equally astonished to find that such a looking – “Vidimus” – also becomes for us an experience of faith and encounter with God. For the promise of Jesus is still valid today: “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me” (Mt 25:40).