Love With Deeds
Luke Varghese delves deeper into the real meaning of sharing. Through the scripture, he tries to throw light on the topic
Pope Francis established the World Day of the Poor in 2017. It is a day to spread awareness to the needs of the poor and encourage people to take more action in serving them. The theme of the first World Day of Poor was “Let us love, not with words but with deeds.” The Holy See celebrated the Holy Mass with the poor in St. Peter’s Basilica and sat down with about 1500 people for a luncheon afterward, thereby setting us an example. Why does Pope Francis always insist on helping the poor? Why is it so important to share with the needy around us? The Holy Bible answers these questions.
- Sharing brings joy to the heart
In the Gospel, we see Jesus frequently dining with people and spending time on discussions. Most of His friends were the poor, the oppressed and the sinners. Our time and attention are as valuable as money for the needy. A good example is the parable of the Good Samaritan. When the Good Samaritan went out of his way to care for the injured, he showed us new meanings of sharing and caring. He not only bound up the wounds by pouring on oil and wine and set the half-dead man on his donkey to the inn, but he also gave money to meet the rest of his needs while he is away. He spent his skill, time and resources to serve the man who had been left alone on the roadside. When we give our love, time and advice, to those in need, we express who we are. It brings divine joy to our hearts.
Jesus teaches us to give to everyone who begs from you and does not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you. He does not want us to place conditions on the giving. He neither wants us to check the worthiness of the recipient nor check how the money will be spent. When I was working in centralLondon, a homeless person sat at the gate of the Southwark cathedral every day, requesting help. I noticed that as soon I gave him the money, he ran into the nearby Starbucks for a latte. I had always thought of latte as an expensive drink and never had one for myself. I stopped helping him for some time thinking he was not using the money effectively. Later, I realized my mistake and asked for God’s forgiveness. If a Starbucks coffee is his happiness and probably his only joy, who am I to refuse him that?