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Saint John Henry Newman

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What Goes Around – Comes Around

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A business man was travelling around the United States and found himself waiting in San Francisco Airport for a flight to New York, where he had a meeting scheduled for the following morning.

He noticed a commotion at the check in desk and saw a young woman in tears, pleading with the official in charge and then walking away, still very distressed. He approached her and asked if he could help. She told him she had to get to New York as soon as possible, as her mother was very ill and was in hospital, but the flight was fully booked and the next one wasn’t for six hours. “No problem,” said the man, “You can have my ticket, I don’t need to be in New York until tomorrow morning.” As they waited for the flight to be called, they drank coffee and chatted with each other. As she left to board the plane he kissed her lightly on the cheek and said he would say a prayer for her sick mother’s recovery and they wished each other goodbye.

Five years later, the business man was again in New York, but this time he was attacked, beaten over the head and robbed. He was taken by ambulance to the nearest hospital, where half conscious, he was asked for his medical insurance. With no wallet he had no proof of its existence, so they were on the point of refusing entry, when a young doctor appeared, looked down at him and said she would authorise his admittance. Two days later when he was feeling much better, the young doctor from admissions came to see him. “You don’t remember me do you?” she asked with a smile. “Last time we met, you gave up your seat for me and waited in the airport for six hours. I tried to find your address from the airline, but they refused to give me your details, but I have never forgotten your kindness to me."

Even the smallest kindness in our lives matters. Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose his reward”.

Published Fri 18th May 2012 11:26:04

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