`Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Matthew 25: 34 – 36
Although Jesus is all around us, we usually hardly acknowledge Him. Most of us bombard him with prayers, and often forget to shower him with love and affection. Jesus is most present in the poor and the needy. If you want to shower Jesus with the affection and love that He deserves, look for him in the poor, sick and needy.
A poor man is Jesus in human form. If you smile at a poor man, you smile at Jesus, if you are kind to him, you are kind to Jesus. If you help him, you are helping Jesus. Everything you do to anyone in need, you are indirectly doing to Jesus.
We should therefore take advantage of any opportunity that arises, to be kind. Jesus is most present in the poor, so go there and shower him with affection. Charity is not optional, it is something every Christian is obligated to do. We are obliged to be kind to every human that comes our way. We are obliged to give food to the hungry and cloth the naked. We are obliged to give out the other pair of our socks even though we have only two.
Jesus has said it explicitly that only those who were good to Him (the poor and needy) would enter his heavenly kingdom. Hence, spread love by being kind to all those in need, and by giving a helping hand to all who need one.
The season of lent is the season of love. A season when we strive to offer up sacrifices for the sake of Christ who suffered and died for our sake. Acts of charity are sacrifices which will definitely please our Lord.