It was a marked change. Mattering, and making a difference, didn’t depend on armored legions or golden crowns. Anyone, and everyone, could, in those footsteps of Jesus, do better and be better than they were before. Acts of love and kindness, affirmations of our human bonds and of our humanity, require only an expression of our free will, and these are the things which matter, and which forever alter the course of time. Jesus showed us we mattered, and showed us the way.