Today’s first reading and psalm point to the power of kindness. There is no substitute for kindness. God is kind and we are likewise to be kind.  It is the best way to expand the Kingdom the Gospel talks about. I just want to share some Fr. Faber with you this morning:   “[Kindness] is constantly winning strayed souls back to him, opening hearts that seemed obstinately closed, enlightening minds that had been willfully darkened….Kindness has converted more sinners than zeal, eloquence, or learning; and these three last have never converted anyone, unless they were kind also…..Kindness, to be perfect, to be lasting, must be a conscious imitation of God. Sharpness, bitterness, sarcasm, acute observation, divination of motives,–all these things disappear when a man is earnestly conforming himself to the image of Christ Jesus.”