“Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.”
Jesus taught by the parable of a Good Samaritan of the importance of tending to a Needy first, before we carry on with our daily work or go for Worship. And since we do know that such Needy people are everywhere, He, through His Universal Church teaches us the structure and hierarchy in any given situation.
Traveling teaches us much when we come across the values, traditions and customs of people of different cultures across the Earth. And so a few years ago it was distressing to read the News in India and know of the statistics of the number of people who die after an accident, simply because an apathetic community of bystanders or others on the roads just pass away – without giving timely HELP.
Some of us were taught in schools about giving FIRST AID and it indeed is good to know the basic rudiments of being able to help as much as possible to help save a life. That should be the culture of Humanity everywhere. It is in some countries and then we discern why some countries follow religiously all these basic humanitarian rules to help the Needy.
So I know from my Driving Lesson classes that in Abu Dhabi where we lived for a decade that if we see any injured on the road, we are not only morally duty bound by our Faith but also by the Rule of the Law to STOP and help as much as possible after calling in the Emergency numbers.
And I was pleasantly surprised that when we were in India recently, to read that much needed discerning Minds had influenced the Government to bring about new regulations so that a concerned traveller on the roads can bring in an injured person to the Hospital without fearing that he will be then forced to give his name and be called frequently to the police station or the Hospital. Saving life should be the first goal and all other things can come later.
‘A Good Samaritan’ as teaches the Church, does that much – of taking an injured Needy irrespective of the gender, religion, caste or creed to the nearest hospital to entrust him in good hands to enable him back to Life. Life matters and so ” Whatsover we do to the least, that we do unto Him – Jesus.” Did we see Mother Theresa reach out to the poorest of poor abandoned by their own families..!
And so as we see in the US where every Human being is recognized as equal by Law, they take great care of those who are disabled in any way. So ramps in public places or designated parking slots or powered wheel chairs provided in grocery stores and malls enables them to lead a dignified life in the midst of the community.
But these are for living among communities. But what does the Faith teach us about living as family? Most certainly we are not called to call in the Church Priests or community for every need in our own families for we have family members to take care of each other, in good times or bad.
One is taught to be there for the Needy and that starts from – family. So can we leave a Mother, a Widow Mercy to be taken care of by the Church or her Community when she has 3 living children and their families scattered across the Globe?
Our Wise Pope Francis, the Leader, who leads the Way for us Christians now shares his guidance – Take your old into your own homes so that it is good for the grandchildren as well as the Grandparents….for the old can have the care and shelter needed, to pass on invaluable guidance by wisdom gained from years of experience, to their children and their young. These young ones can have the added warmth, love and care of the old in their midst and it becomes a shining example in Actions to all in the community.
So if the Pope has taught these and I have shared it by many emails over a decade to the families of my siblings spread out, then why shouldn’t we be able to come together and talk to sort out the issues of this Needy in our midst, our Mother Mercy?
Why should Mother Mercy be left to the mercy of the Church or the community?
James 2:14 – 17 14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. 18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. –