“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Most everyone knows what is good, namely to do good to our fellow human beings- it is one form of service to God.
I trust that we can agree that being good and doing good are acceptable across all creeds. However, the tide has turned and we have a new way of thinking that is sweeping away brotherly love and concern. In local parlance this is what we usually hear on the streets in response to some familiar situations:
– an alcoholic lying on the street: “If dey want to kill dey self, leave dem”;
– a man riddled with bullets and left dead in an alley: “Steups…he look for that!”, or “Good! another one off the streets”;
– to the person who owes you money: “I will do for you!”;
– to someone who asks an irate person to refrain from using obscene language in the presence of children : “Me eh care!”;
– your opinion on the new strip club or casino in the neighbourhood: “If they making a lil money, da good; eh nothing wrong with that. Everybody have to eat ah food.”
“Whatever you did for one of the least…you did for me”
Q : So do we pick up drunkards on the streets, mourn slain gang members and protest the setting up of strip clubs?
A: We can take a form of action that acknowledges our role as our brother’s and our sister’s keeper. For example there is a UK Charity which has volunteers out on the street between 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. They help people who are too intoxicated to take care of themselves, they listen to people and generally look out for the well being of those out and about at night.
Whatever the situation ask God to show you how you can help. Gang warfare has imposed unofficial curfews and house arrests on citizens in different parts of the country, what can individuals do or groups of concerned citizens do about this? What is already being done to prevent youths from joining gangs?
Q: Would it be a sacrifice or a risk, on our part, to do something?
A: Yes, it would, it is not easy doing good. You may not be thanked or recognized for your good deeds but you would be doing “service to your God”.
The flower used for today’s post has petals of all sizes…it is a beautiful flower because the petals all stay close to each other. Imagine if all the small petals (the least) were shrivelled up and discoloured, the entire flower loses its beauty. Let us do whatever we can to help our brothers and sisters.
Be the change you want to see in T&T