«Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law» (Romans 13:8).
Macarena was nineteen years old when she started working as a volunteer in a children’s home. She took them for a walk on the weekend, cared for them, and played with them. However, she had a special bond with one of them: Javi.
Macarena decided to make him part of her family, but one day, Macarena was knocked down by a drunk driver. Javi was very young, but he was old enough to realize that his » adoptive mom » was no longer going to visit him. They explained to him what had happened and took him to the hospital to see her. The boy kept visiting her all the time. Now he took her for rides in her wheelchair that she was confined to forever. She was accompanied by a nurse 24 hours a day, was connected to a ventilator eight hours a day, and received seventeen rehab sessions each week
Although Javi is now older and has returned to live with his biological mom and his siblings, he always continues to be part of Macarena’s family and fills her with affection every time he sees her.
We can draw several lessons from this touching story.
First, the love we give to others always comes back in some way. Giving genuinely and unselfishly has that revitalizing and powerful effect that crosses any barrier and wheelchair.
Second, the bonds we form with the very young are very important. Many times, we have the opportunity to be the responsible adults that not everyone has and contribute to the formation of their identity and worth.
Third, the safety measures established when guiding them are very important. We sometimes take our lives very Lightly and, in the search for adrenaline, we put a lot at risk You can play some games at amusement parks, playing extreme sports, or with simple neglect that tempts established laws. We may be too reckless and not realize that this can also be an addiction that we will have to account for that can affect our lives and that of others forever.
Let us value and take care of our lives in every way. Let us love each other and fulfill the law.