Matthew 25

Caravaggio Seven Works of Mercy
Caravaggio, “The Seven Works of Mercy”

“Be kind to people who need help, for My sake.” A brief summary of the law by which God will judge us, according to the Holy Bible.

Not complicated. So what could get in the way? What could keep us from obeying this straightforward law?

Nothing at all—except Me, Myself, and I.

Nothing, except my defensiveness, pettiness, and mood-swings; my tired, hangry, impatient, self-centeredness. Me. my way. Because, if things aren’t done my way, the world collapses!

Nothing could get in the way of me doing simple, easy acts of kindness, except: My self-righteousness. My certainty that it pertains to my competence and vigilance as an Excellent Paragon to correct and improve all the bad people.

Nothing could get in the way, except: I resent the people in need because they remind me of the truth about myself, the truth that I don’t want to acknowledge. That I am a desperate basket-case of dependencies.

How dare you remind me, o person in need, that without the help of Almighty God, and the commonweal, and the people who raised me, and my patient friends and generous allies, and all my advantages in life that I never earned—how dare you remind me that without all this unmerited assistance, I would still be in the fetal position, whimpering?

The thing about God’s Law of Kind and Helpful Love is: He did it first.

We were nothing. Actually, worse than nothing. W were scrawny little trophies in Satan’s purse. Before that, we were non-beings. Literally, non-beings.

But God visited us in the prison of nothingness. He came to us while we were sick in the hospital of a meaningless life. He clothed us in our nakedness, fed us in our desperate hunger, and gave us cool, refreshing water to drink. We were disoriented strangers in this universe, but He said, “No, no, little ones. You are my children.”

Loving others and helping them is our chance to do like our heavenly Father has done with us. It’s easy, if we can just get our cumbersome, little selves out of the way.

One thought on “Matthew 25

  1. Well said Beloved Teacher, this reinforces what I continue to learn in my Recovery: “We continue to take personal inventory, and when we are wrong, promptly admit it.”. “When these things crop up, go at once to God!”: “… we clean up our side of the street”. “What is my part in the Drama?”. “We aren’t bad people trying to get good’ we are sick people trying to get well.” And in the Big Big Book, “I give you a new commandment; Love one another even as I have loved you!” Love & Humility are co-joined virtues, without which no other virtue can exist in my soul. The more I pursue these precious pearls, the more wretched and powerless I find me to be. So discouraging! So encouraging is the mentoring I find from others who also know and own their own sinsick and pursue Jesus with single minded purpose and share their “experience, strength and hope”. “Thanks for being here for me” Fr. Mark!

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