What did you find at Christmas?
Is that the common question these days?
No! We are more in the habit of asking questions that are easier to answer. Did we have a good Christmas? Did Santa Claus bring you everything you wanted? Did your family come to visit? Can you believe the crowds at the malls? These are our way of saying we care, at least a little about someone else’s life. But not too specific or too personal so we won’t get some long answer about how someone else’s life is really going.
I think, despite our superficial interest, we have grown careful in asking others about their faith and circumstances. Yes, I do think we still care about others. It is just we are reluctant to put someone else on the spot with a real question and a real answer. Because that would mean we might be obliged to do the same thing. It is about risking our life to another person, whether they are a stranger or even a close family friend.