Reach out to suffering humanity

Reach out to suffering humanity

By REV. DR. RICHAR... | 14 May, 2016

Our attempt at living a moral life, in an imitation of Christ, is empowered by God. He pours love into our hearts, enabling us to reach out to others in mercy and compassion and bring healing to the suffering people experience world over.

Living in love is essential for the practice of righteousness and justice in daily living. Love inspires the application of wisdom to contribute to the welfare of all living beings. If we uphold the union of holiness and justice, local and global communities can move toward lasting peace and the violation of human rights and human dignity will cease. The essence of love and compassion will be accomplished as we recognize the physical, material, social, psychological and spiritual suffering of others, and act to bring healing.

Jesus reached out to the suffering humanity as He healed the sick, touched and cleansed those suffering from leprosy, fed the hungry, opened the eyes of the blind and ears of deaf, and raised the dead. As we imitate Christ, we must not avoid contact with suffering and pretend like it does not exist. Rather, in empathy, we must establish personal contact and share the unconditional and non-judgmental love of Christ which he has given us. Mother Teresa too cared for the dying destitute because they are created in the image and likeness of God. She said, “all works of love are works of peace.”

We must shine like light as Jesus commanded us, revealing the dark night of evil, torment, cruelty and suffering. And into this darkness we must bring Christ’s love, a readiness to forgive, love and compassion. Surely, situations will be transformed through Christ’s power as hope replaces despair. A new situation of reconciliation will prevail when enemies become friends again. Let us be Jesus’ hands, reaching out to suffering humanity in love and compassion.


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Starting from 1492, when Columbus "discovered" America, whenever Christians, animated by the love taught by Jesus, encountered a non-Christian community, they responded by extreme violence, by the imposition of heartless suffering, by rigorous genocides, by dire impoverishment, and the most callous inhumanity. In that immense space of America, the Christian equipped with Love, Faith Charity and with his musket, discovered that he could not see enough space for him to co-exist creatively, peacefully, productively, with the "savages" who only happened to be different. What is shocking is that even now there is no sign on the part of the more than a billion Christians, of the Vatican, for instance, for a politics - not forone more lethal, insensitive theology - of compassion and of restitution for all the harm done to the indigenous civilisations of America, of Africa and of Asia. Mother Teresa never said a word of the reality of the Calcutta human misery coinciding with the fact that the region was longest under British Christian rule and it got impoverished to a bone dry destitution. She never said that the ideal situation of former colonies ought to be such that there should never to be any need of Mothers Teresa. Her work never could compensate the fact that British rule was very Christianly punctuated by a man-made famine every four or five years. When the Christian rule ended in 1947, the average longevity of the Indian was 26 years. Now that there are more than a billion Indians living with a longevity of 71 years for the man, and 69 for the woman, it has been due not to the Mothers Teresa, but to native, non Christian energies released by Independence. There has been no famine since 1947. Christian rule was never about Love. It was about Greed and Arrogance and about Brutality. The long history of religious wars in Christendom were a denial and a negation of the ideology of Love, just as today Muslims kill one another in the name of the same God who gave them the same rules of conduct. The Christian adores a crucified Jesus but he sought salvation and fulfillment and wealth and glory in crucifying millions and millions of men and women in all the genocides, the colonialisms, in the slaveries which the lovers of the Bible perpetrated for the glory of God. These are the facts resulting from the application of Love by Faith in Jesus!

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