Hoy te vi — Today I saw you — Matthew 25:37-39 from Mexico City

With great gratitude to Elizabeth and to Gerardo for the translation!

Hoy te vi
“Señor, ¿cuándo te vimos con hambre, y te dimos de comer; o con sed, y te dimos de beber? ¿Y cuándo te vimos forastero, y te recibimos; o desnudo, y te cubrimos? ¿Cuándo te vimos enfermo, o en la cárcel, y te visitamos?”
Mateo 25:37-39. RVC

Hoy te vi…
En el anciano que se sienta a la entrada de la estación del metro
esperando recibir una moneda.
Pálido, delgado, con una marcada desnutrición,
con ropas que apenas le cubrían del frío viento del avanzado otoño.
Solo alcancé a darle una moneda…nada para su inmensa necesidad
de salud y abrigo.

Hoy te vi…
En la carita afligida de la pequeña Andrea que lloró inconsolable
porque el arco de su violín ha quedado inservible,
ella sabe que, por ahora, sus padres no pueden comprarle uno nuevo.
Solo pude prometerme a buscar la manera de conseguirle un arco
para que no falte su violín en la orquesta.

Hoy te vi…
En el rostro de cada una de las madres que suben y bajan, repetidamente,
el empinado cerro donde viven,
llevando a sus niños y niñas a la escuela, buscando la comida,
acercando lo necesario para el sustento familiar,
y por las tardes tejen (mientras esperan que sus pequeños
terminen su clase de música)
como símbolo de cómo tejen los sueños de sus hijos e hijas.
Y solo pude sentarme para escucharlas, conversar con ellas y
elogiar lo hermoso de sus tejidos.

Hoy te vi…
¡Tantas veces y de distintas maneras!
Y fui consciente de lo mucho que falta por hacer en este mundo,
de que hay que realizar lo que está a nuestro alcance,
de que tu reino, es un reino que comparte y reparte,
y que yo, como parte de él, estoy comprometida a servir.

Elizabeth Hernández Carrillo
Ciudad de México
22 de noviembre de 2017

Today I saw you
“Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?”
Matthew 25: 37-39 NVI

Today I saw you…
In the old man who sits at the entrance to the subway station
waiting to receive a coin.
Pale, thin, with a marked malnutrition,
with clothes that just covered him from the cold wind of late autumn.
I only managed to give him a coin …
nothing for his huge need of health and covering.

Today I saw you…
In the afflicted face of little Andrea, who cried inconsolable
because the bow of her violin has become useless.
She knows that, for now, her parents can´t buy her a new one.
I was only able to promise her to find a way to get a bow
so that the orchestra doesn´t miss that violin.

Today I saw you…
In the face of each of the mothers who go up and down, repeatedly,
the sharp hill where they live,
go along with their children to school, looking for food,
bringing what´s necessary to support their families,
and in the afternoon they weave (while they wait for their little ones
finish their music rehearsal)
as a symbol of how they weave the dreams of their sons and daughters.
And I could only sit down to listen to them, talk with them and
praise the beauty of their labors.

Today I saw you…
So many times and in different ways!
And I was aware of how much remains to be done in this world,
that we must do whatever is within our reach,
that your kingdom is a kingdom of sharing and of distributing,
and that I, as a part of it, am committed to serve.

Elizabeth Hernández Carrillo
Mexico City
November 22, 2017
Tr. G. Oberman

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