“Love is not patronizing and charity isn't about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same -- with charity you give love, so don't just give money but reach out your hand instead.” ― Mother Teresa: (1910 – 1997: Founded the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata India)
Gospel Text: (MT 8:5-11)
When Jesus entered Capernaum,
a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying,
“Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.”
He said to him, “I will come and cure him.”
The centurion said in reply,
“Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof;
only say the word and my servant will be healed.
For I too am a man subject to authority,
with soldiers subject to me.
And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes;
and to another, ‘Come here,’ and he comes;
and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him,
“Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith.
I say to you, many will come from the east and the west,
and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
at the banquet in the Kingdom of heaven.”
The Roman centurion displays a particular kind of faith that even astonishes Jesus. As someone from a high position in that period, giving commands to a number of soldiers, he shows great compassion for his servant, a person who does not have a voice in society, someone who would be often overlooked by society.
Just like the centurion, we should look to those in need with the same kind of sympathy regardless of our status. As Christians we should always look beyond our own situation and even defy society's expectations for the sheer well-being of those that suffer.
As Christ stated in the gospel noted above "I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven." He promises to those that take the extra step, by transcending what is presumed of their position, a grand reward which awaits them which is a place in His everlasting Kingdom.
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