Psalm 15 offers some beautiful advice for living a just life for the Lord. Holiness is not just found in the extraordinary; often, our most powerful Christian witness occurs in the normal, everyday interactions that we have with one another.
Jesus heals a man who is brought to him on a stretcher by four men. The image profoundly illustrates a crucial point: sometimes we give help and sometimes we receive it. May the Lord help us in both cases!
One way we can measure our success as disciples: how we help one another. Whether it is the justice described by Isaiah or the example of Jesus in the Gospel, the Lord accepts our service toward one another as if it were done to Him.
The parable of the rich man and Lazarus speaks timelessly to our modern day culture. Without a doubt we can all acknowledge the many, many ways that we have been materially blessed in our country, and this parable invites us to pay careful attention to how we respond to the needs of those who struggle for the basic necessities of life.
Let’s face it: there are way too many people living in desperate circumstances. Some are within our own communities and countless millions suffer needlessly because they do not have adequate food, clothing, or shelter. With so much need in the world we can sometimes become overwhelmed. Where to start? How can our little bit help when the need is so great?
And perhaps that’s the key – that we start with something within our reach. Perhaps we have a connection close at hand that provides us with opportunities to make a difference (no matter how big or small) in the lives of others.
That leaves us with two simple questions to consider today:
Where do we see obvious need in our world right now?
Is there a practical and direct way that we can help?
As disciples of Jesus Christ we cannot close our eyes to the needs of the poor, and if we cannot solve all the world’s problems at least we can seek out ways to be part of a solution for someone. Also, it’s always good to remember that whatever gift we give, God will take it and bless it in ways we cannot imagine.