The Least Of These
Jesus puts emphasis on our relationship with God and not believing the right things. His call to believe and follow him is an invitation to have a personal relationship with God. God is far more concerned about our character, how we treat others, what is in our hearts than we believe all of the doctrines of orthodox Christian faith.
In the season of Lent, we are to asses and reorder our priorities to those of God. Lent calls us back to God. Lent forces us to see the parts of our lives that fail to live up to God’s will for our life.
We are to love and serve others, to love and serve the least among us.
The bible says we will have the poor with us always, does that we are always with the poor.
We are closest to God when we treat others better than we treat ourselves. Service is the heart and soul of Christianity. Without service, what may be called Christianity is a false religion. We show our faith the most when we care, support, love, guide, and help the other person.
Mother Teresa said, “The fullness of our heart comes in our actions: how I treat the leper, how I treat the dying person, how I treat the homeless. Sometimes it is more difficult to work with street people than with the people in our homes for the dying because the dying are peaceful and waiting; they are ready to go to God. You can touch the sick and believe, or you can touch the leper and believe, that is the body of Christ you are touching, but it is more difficult when these people are drunk or shouting to think that this is Jesus in that distressing disguise. How clean and loving our hands must be to be able to bring compassion to them!”
We don’t have to be a Mother Teresa to be kind and do good to others, to see Jesus in everyone we encounter. We open our eyes and heart and treat others as we would want to be treated. We don’t just say I am a Christian; we live Christian in the world. Our broken, ailing world is sorely in need of more Christ-like people, people who will care, support, love, guide, and help others and not simply take what they want without a care as to what it means to the other person.
Matthew 25: Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.
Prayer, fasting, and going to church are only of importance if it brings us closer to God and His Kingdom. Our spirituality is not measured by the time we spend in prayer, how or if we fast, or how long we spend at our church or if we belong to a church, but the quality of our relationships and how we mirror the grace and love of God. We learn best to serve God and others in community with others committed to love God, love others, and make disciples. As long as we are in this world, our lives are to reflect the love, grace, beauty, goodness, compassion and faithfulness of God. We are to reveal to the world what God and his Kingdom is like by our lives not our words. As St. Francis said, “Preach the Gospel always use words when necessary.”
Listen to Emily Dickinson:
If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain.
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.
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