Love the Needy
Why does the Bible push us towards helping others, especially the poor? Think about the element and tendency to sin that lies within each of us, we're all guilty in some form. However, even when we reach the lowest point possible, some even renouncing their belief, God is there, and pulling us back towards a life of faith. If God does this for us, isn't it clear that we should replicate His love for any who need help? This applies to those who cannot help themselves, the hurt, the suffering, those facing addictions, and especially those who declare they have no belief. As a people of faith, we are not just encouraged to help our neighbour, but it is our responsibility to show them God's love. Why then do we hear stories of helping the poor, the tax collector, the sinner? We hear these stories in order to understand our role to give God's love to everyone.
Today's Gospel states:'And immediately he left the synagogue, and entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon's mother-in-law lay sick with a fever, and immediately they told him of her. And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her; and she served them. That evening, at sundown, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. And the whole city was gathered together about the door. And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him. And in the morning, a great while before day, he rose and went out to a lonely place, and there he prayed. And Simon and those who were with him pursued him, and they found him and said to him, "Every one is searching for you." And he said to them, "Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also; for that is why I came out." And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons' (Mark 1:29-39).
In today's Gospel we hear how Jesus would heal, teach and repeat. This was his life leading up to the cross, coming for the poor, for the unbeliever and bring people together as one people, teaching them about God's love. Many philosophers had this idea that God created the world and then let it spin into motion, outside of the world and not a part of it. However, we can see clearly that God is within each of us, wanting everyone to know His love. Take some time to reflect on areas that you can step out and help those who need God's love.
Today's prayer comes from 'Catholic Online' a prayer for those who don't know God's love:
Lord Jesus! You, Who in the most bitter moments of Your passion showed an ardent thirst for souls, grant that we may share in this thirst. Give us the light to grow in the knowledge of Your word and grant us strength so that, by collaborating in preaching this word at every moment of our lives, we may bring to You, through Your holy Church, and the intercession of Your holy Mother, innumerable souls who live far from the truth. Grant this so that with You, through You and in You, they may be reconciled to the Eternal Father, in union with whom, together with the Holy Spirit, You live and reign forever and ever. Amen.