God doesn’t ask us to do big extravagant acts of mercy but he asks us to do the small things we can and are able to do, shares Jeswin Gloria

This past Sunday, I was listening to the homily on the Gospel. It was about the story of the Rich man and Lazarus. The rich man lives in luxury and doesn’t care about the suffering of Lazarus, the beggar on his doorstep. At the end of their lives, Lazarus was welcomed into paradise, whereas the rich man ended up in torment. This is a story we have heard over again.  The story of Lazarus is a very relatable story to us in this day and age. The majority of us blessed by the grace of God with a good life. We are blessed to not worry about food or shelter and in this modern day life is comfortable. This is all by the grace of God and nothing of it truly belongs to us. As a good steward of treasures given to us, we have a duty to share it with our neighbors. We should not be selfish rather, go out of our way to help the people around us to just. And it doesn’t just stop with our friends and family. We are asked to help anyone who’s in need whether that person be someone you don’t like or a stranger. The rich man didn’t have to do much.  All he had to do was maybe just provide food for Lazarus. God doesn’t ask us to do big extravagant acts of mercy but he asks us to do the small things we can and are able to do. Mother Theresa says that “We cannot do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” Even the small things we do, do it with love and Jesus will multiply it just like he multiplied the loaves and fish.

The poor are not just the people you find under highways. They can be anyone who is suffering.

So what does that look like in our daily lives and what are some things we can do? If you want to directly help the less fortunate, an easy way is to save money by doing small chores and giving up small luxuries. In our school life we can demonstrate this kindness by sharing our food at the lunch table with the kids who don’t have any helping with studies who finds it difficult or helping someone by holding the door open for them or even something as greeting someone or giving a compliment to someone you don’t know. Because after all, as Jesus says, poor are not just the people you find under highways. They can be anyone who is suffering. It can be the kid at school no one talks to, or the cleaning lady everyone ignores, or even your parents who work every day for you. As followers of Christ, we are challenged to speak for the voiceless, to defend the defenseless.

Jeswin Gloria is an 18 year old nursing student, living in Houston. He is a Jesus
Youth actively involved in music ministry. In his spare time he loves to read, paint and spend time with his friends.