What Proof Do You Need?

Blog by Sr. Pat Thomas, OP
Blog by Sr. Pat Thomas, OP

I just read a Facebook post from a former student who shared the story of a cab driver in NYC whose name was Mohammed. Mohammed called her firm because he had found a wallet in his cab, and her business card was inside it. Turns out the wallet was left behind by one of her clients. She was able to contact the client who was so relieved to know someone had found the wallet. Mohammed brought the wallet to the office so the client could retrieve it there. My former student wanted to tell this story as an example of a good Muslim.

More and more of these kinds of stories are being passed around with the hero or heroine being a man or woman of color or a non-Christian faith tradition. The stories are being shared so that we, people of privilege, will be more and more aware that not all people who are different are bad, or terrorists, or rapists, or evil in some way.

But it got me to thinking. Have I ever had to tell a story about some good deed I performed so that no one would think I was a bad person? As a white person? Hardly ever.

Jesus has told us we must love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Are we really still trying to figure out who our neighbors are?

Posted in Weekly Word

16 responses to “What Proof Do You Need?

  1. Pat, I was begging the Life-Giver to put a “stumble” in the path of a certain political Candidate without undue harm to said Candidate. Well, up stepped Mr. Khizir Kahn (Sp?) and his Gold Star wife. . . . I guess going to the “Top” was the way to go?

  2. I think it’s too bad that we have to make an issue of the cab driver being Muslim. He was a good person.
    A character in the musical South Pacific says,” We have to be taught to hate.”

    My brother was Josephite priest caring for the African American community in the South. When he returned from his visit home one year the children ran to him shouting, “Oh Father John when you were gone we had a white priest.” Neither John nor the children ever saw each other as different

    1. Marilyn, your very first sentence is spot on! That was my point. Emphasizing the race, religion, etc. of a person doing the good things that make life bearable is so unnecessary, yet somehow we feel compelled to do it. I appreciate your comments.

  3. I taught at the language school located at ODU. The majority of the students were Saudi. When it came time for the Christmas collection, ODU made it a competition between student groups. Our language school far and away collected the most. Muslims can’t have pictures of God and other holy people, so they were so excited to see the statues of Mary (“She was so pretty!”) and Christ the King, and the Christmas creche on the campus. There are good people everywhere.

  4. There are so many good people in the world. We just have to find them. Thanks for helping! Kathleen

  5. I love your story, Pat. I am presently preparing to teach a course The Religion of Islam and am eager to tell stories such as yours which can change people’s impressions of Muslim people. I can think of many who would not have gone to such lengths to help another by being so honest and caring.

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