Once Upon a Time,
…a man went to get himself a glass of water and as he picked up the glass, the glass said, “Stop, look at me. Don’t you see I am already broken?”
“What?” the man said, “You are in perfect condition.”
“Regardless,” answered back the glass, “I will be of no use to you–I am already broken.”
‘Nonsense,’ the man thought and he filled up the glass with water and said, “See, you hold the water wonderfully — not one drop leaks out.”
“Take a better look,” said the glass, “and you will see I am already broken.”
Holding the glass to the light the man said, “Ridiculous, see how the light shines through your glass and water–it sparkles and shines. You’re beautiful and your glass possesses no cracks.”
“But, don’t you see, sir,” repeated the glass, “I am already broken.”
“No, you’re not,” barked the man and he drank the water from the glass.
“See? Perfect. You are perfect.” and he placed the glass carefully back on the shelf. Before he left the room, he took one more look at the glass and asked it, “Why do you keep saying you’re broken when you’re not?”
“How else will you see me?” responded the glass.
“Excuse me?” said the man, “I don’t understand.”
“How many times have you picked me up and drank from me?” asked the glass.
“Hundreds of times.” answered the man.
“Exactly!” was the glass’ sharp reply. “And you never once saw my beauty. But this time, because you were afraid I was broken, you took time to look at me and you saw how precious I really am. If that’s what it takes to get your attention, then remember, this glass is already broken.”
In light of the current pandemic with COVID-19 we are all reminded about the precious gift of life and of lives of those we love. Because our gift is so fragile we must always hold and see the ones we love first and foremost in our minds and hearts. Our daily “routine” seems small and insignificant when compared with the potential loss of those we love. Together, let us reassure our children that they are safe and well cared for.
Let us pray that our leaders inspire hope and calm in time of grief and let us remember the victims, their families and the loss of life in our prayers and thoughts. Finally, let us give thanks for those who, right now, are offering their support to restore health and safety to our fragile global village.
Although the “glass is already broken,” let us try to see all our brothers and sisters as vessels of our collective and unbreakable human spirit reminding the world that, as we stand in solidarity, we do so with our deep trust in the merciful providence of God.
God Bless all of you!