Who needs charity? As we live our daily lives, we encounter people of different background and of different needs. While it is true that the poor, the orphans, and those who have no ability to fully improve their living conditions are the primary recipients of our charity, there are also those who are seeking compassion and understanding for their plights and difficulties. “Your smile for your brother is a charity. Your removal of stones, thorns or bones from the paths of people is a charity. Your guidance of a person who is lost is a charity.” (Bukhari). Charity is an automatic expression of our love for our neighbors as we love ourselves, thereby fulfilling the second greatest commandment of God.
What if the challenge to charity requires loving our neighbors more than ourselves? Is our willingness to sacrifice a question? Do we hesitate to extend compassion to others if our own comfort and benefits are at risk? Can we afford to sell our possessions so we can give to others? Can we miss to enjoy a meal so others can eat? The life of Mother Teresa is one concrete example of charity. After her encounter with God, she was invited to be the light of underprivileged by dispelling darkness and bring joy to the lives of those who are being neglected by the world. Truly, as exemplified by her compassion and love for the poor in the slums of Calcutta, she became a light to the world. She was guided by the Scriptures, “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’” She has kept in mind that whatever she has does for the least of her brothers or sisters, she has done it to God.
Gautama Buddha encourages us to fill our minds with compassion; sacrifice, then, will be an inevitable result. Give until it feels good. By doing so, we store for ourselves treasures that moth and rust cannot destroy. Treasures in life such as peace, joy and fulfillment.
We are compassionate and we find joy in expressing charity to everyone who are in need. We are abounding in love and we have so much to give to others. Whatever we have received freely, we freely give. Words of encouragement and words of life, we will gladly share to the people around us. We acknowledge that we are more than blessed and we can be a blessing to others. Life in charity is no sacrifice at all because the more we give, the more we receive.
Almighty Father, we thank You for pouring out and demonstrating Your charity to us and for teaching us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. It is our desire to learn and be trained by You to love others even more than ourselves. Give us the grace and capacity for this to be fulfilled in our lives so we can also influence the people around us to do the same. Amen.
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