Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Christian Charity

Mother Teresa often reminded her sisters "we are not social workers, but brides of Christ". What they saw in the impoverished and downtrodden is not a mouth to feed or a wound to heal but rather the dignity of the person and his original need to embrace life in fullness, through Jesus Christ. Much more than a meal and  momentary well being, what matters to each person is that he is raised to live life in fullness to eternity with God the father.

True love for the neighbor is to be concerned about the salvation of his soul. It is expressed attending first to a his immediate needs, leading to the original need. We are incapable of realizing this original need of every man for an "abundant life in God" unless we embraces this truth in Jesus Christ. Any good done to others, that is not done abiding in Jesus, fails to achieve the real potential of our divine the call to share.

Jesus said "love each other just as I have loved you" [John 13:4]. Jesus loved us to the point of death so that no one of his children may perish in hell and that they have life in abundance [John 10:10]. We therefore are called as Christians to love in the same way - so that no one may perish but have eternal life.

Christian charity calls for patience and hope in the expectation that, the flower of faith will blossom and grow while, all we have is the seed.