[ecko_quote source=" Mathew 25:35-40"]For I was hungry, and you gave me food, I was thirsty, and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me." Then the righteous will answer him and say, "Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or see you thirsty and give you drink? “. The king will say to them in reply, "Amen, I say to you, whatever you did to one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.[/ecko_quote]
Mother Teresa’s entire charitable ministry is based on the gospel message above. When Mother Teresa looked into the eyes of those that she literally pulled out of the gutter, she saw Jesus Christ in them. She said, "They are Jesus. Everyone is Jesus in a distressing disguise (in the mask)." She dared not defy Matthew 25:35-40, for she knew when she was holding a starved, dying, and sick child - she was actually holding Jesus Christ in her arms.
Mother Teresa once said, “My true community is the poor, their security is my security, their health is my health. Christ prays in me, Christ speaks to me... Christ looks through my eyes, Christ speaks through my words; Christ works with my hands. Christ walks with my feet; Christ loves with my heart." This was her experience of the above scripture. She put forth the above word in action and saw several people experience the love of Christ. Her actions spoke louder than words, in fact, her words and actions became the same.
I heard a story of a notorious thief who entered "Nirmal Hriday", the hospital run by Mother Teresa’s charitable mission at night to steal some things. Everyone seemed to be asleep except one patient who was very ill and was coughing continually. Mother Teresa, heard the patient’s suffering and came to him in the middle of the night to serve him. When Mother Teresa entered the room, the thief immediately went aside, covered himself with the window screen. He was glancing at what the mother was doing from behind the screens. Patient's aggravated cough caused him to vomit so mother started searching for a basin to take up the vomit. Since she couldn’t find anything nearby she immediately spread her hands to gather it. The thief who was observing it all, was immediately convicted. He came out, fell at her feet, cried inconsolably and repented for his sins. He invited Jesus into his heart and since then started working for Nirmal Hriday. The thief was convicted by looking at the Christ-like deeds exhibited by Mother Teressa. Dear ones, be content to act and leave the talking to others; as the saying goes, “actions speak louder than words”.
Mahatma Gandhi once said, "I would have had no problem following this man, Jesus of Nazareth". In fact, it is heard that he loved to sing the hymn "When I Survey the Wonderous Cross" on his way to the Hindu temple to worship foreign gods. But, he said, "I cannot reconcile myself with His followers" (In Contrast to his perspective, Jesus, never asked us to follow people. He said "Follow me" as he is our ultimate example. We can learn from those who follow Jesus not because of their own nature but because of the Christ-like nature in them). However, it is evident that Mahatma Gandhi, obviously, did not see the love of Christ in us. Even today, we keep fighting with each other in our fellowships/churches. If we ourselves are miserably failing inside by not being able to reconcile or tolerate our fellow brothers and sisters, then how can we show Christ love to others (outside our church communities). Dear ones, let us put a full stop to these attitudes and start showing love through our actions rather than words. Let us be aware that one of the most important commodities that people need to see in you and me is the love of Christ.
Today, let us by faith choose to love the unlovable and to serve those that others avoid. The world is waiting to experience the unconditional love of Jesus Christ through you and me. So go out today and be an agent for Jesus Christ. Doing the service to the humanity in Jesus name is in fact doing service to our Lord.