Two friends were visiting the gravesite of a world renowned celebrity. One asked the other: “What was the most important thing for him?” He had passed to posterity with his fame, and he is remembered with admiration and respect. He requested Westminster Abbey to have the following inscription on his tombstone: “While I was alive, I thought my artistic career was the most important thing; but now the only important thing is that I was a believer in Our Lord Jesus Christ.”
The most important and valuable thing for any person is to have a good relationship with God and our neighbor. It does not matter if we have a long or short life, with fame or without it, with riches or poverty. The rest is not important, neither a long life nor power. Sometimes both of these things are the most important for most people, but they are irrelevant. We are here to LOVE AND TO SERVE AS JESUS DID.
I do not remember where I read it, but this is a story with a deep message: A Christian woman arrived to a home of a very poor family where the father was ill and suffering a lot of pain. The woman was there with the intention of telling them about Christ. But the man, reluctantly told the woman: “I do not wish anyone to pray here nor to read the Bible, since I do not believe in these things.”
Immediately, the Christian woman assured him and his afflicted wife that she would do something to help them and left to bring them groceries and clothes for the family. When the lady came back, the man who abruptly prohibited her to pray or to read the Bible asked her: “PLEASE READ THE STORY OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN FOR ME.” She gladly did it, and when she finished reading to him, he said: “I have seen many priests and Levites, but never before I have seen a Good Samaritan. The bitterness and prejudice of this man disappeared thanks to a good action of this Christian woman. It is a true joy to help others – to be happy. That woman did it, and we all can do it too in many circumstances in life.
“Almost always, he have all the resources we ask from heaven in our hands,” said William Shakespeare. We want God to do for us what we can, and must do. We blame God for disgraces He does not send, these are consequences of injustice, selfishness and misuse of human liberty. We need to assume our responsibilities, wise decisions, and do as much good as we can. We need to act wisely, to work with enthusiasm, to serve God and pay attention to our faith through kind merciful deeds with joy and compassion. Let us stop blaming God for a bitter destiny and let us build a pleasant and promissory destiny.
The clue for victory that you can obtain is on five letters. These letters are: I WANT. We seldom find limits when we are really interested on doing something. It is true that not everything is possible, but when we are convinced of these words: I WANT, we can overcome obstacles than seemed impassable. It does not matter that even experts foresee failure. How many people, after suffering a terrible accident, their doctor tells them they won’t be able to walk again… and today, they not only can walk but they participate in sport competitions. Children who showed learning difficulties their teachers told them they were not good for academic activities but now they became great inventors. None of these pessimistic announcements stopped the initiative of inventors and scientists, or the audacity of the persons who dared start great projects for the good of their neighbor. They always thought: I WANT, and this is how they also said I CAN and they did. Together we can create a better society, in which we could see our brother or sister not as a rival or an object. Why so much technological progress next to a moral recession? No more misery, violence or hatred, we are brothers and sisters. Let us acknowledge all the good thousands of people have done to us who were sent by God. Wonderful truth! There are a lot of people who have served us and our mission is to also serve others with simplicity and love. Trust in the capacity that others have to do good deeds, trust in God and His total devotion. Trust in yourself, to become a Good Samaritan and to be a blessing and happiness to your neighbor. Trust can make miracles!