Every day we encounter individuals in need of something: food, shelter, money, jobs, health. A lot of times they approach us, asking for help...what do you do?
In his eschatological discourse, Jesus says:
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me…Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25, 35-40).
We may not be able to immediately remedy their needs, but perhaps there is something we can do to help. We need to remember that we are all the same in that God made us in His likeness, but each of us is unique through the individual gifts God gave us. As children of God, we all belong to the same family of humanity. As a family we need to look out for one another. We must learn to open our hearts and listen to God, through prayer, to find an answer. The worst thing we can do is to ignore and move on.
A recent Vatican Radio address from the pope addresses this: “The cry of Jesus reminds us that in prayer we must overcome the barriers of our ‘self’ and our problems and open ourselves to the needs and suffering of others. The prayer of the dying Jesus on the Cross teaches us to pray with love for so many brothers and sisters who feel the weight of everyday life, who are experiencing difficult moments, who are in pain, without a word of comfort, so that they too can feel the love of the God who never abandons.”
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