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Serving People

by Rev. Fr. V.V. Paulose, Toronto, Canada

Today's Bible Verse

"Is it permitted in the law to heal people on the Sabbath day or not?" (Luke 14:3)

Discussion

What is important, the rule or the people?

A world without human beings is not a world at all. People make the world and the world is for the people. If the ultimate goal of all works is not for the people,, then they would become worthless. Rules and regulations are made for the people and for their welfare, and that should not ultimately lead them to bind, suffocate or kill.

Nancy and Mark got the tragic news that their 3 year old grandson in Denver had been murdered by their daughter's live-in boy friend. He was going to be taken off life support and their parents had opted for organ donation. Over 25 people will receive his gift and many lives will be saved. Nancy's husband was in Los Angeles and was taking the flight to Denver before the life support was taken off. Due to long security lines, by the time he had finished his security check up at Tucson and rushed to the gate, it was several minutes after their flight's scheduled departure time. The pilot and the ticketing agent were waiting for him at the gate. "We held the plane for you and we're so sorry about the loss of your grandson." The pilot reportedly said, . "They can't go anywhere without me and I wasn't not going anywhere without you. Relax. We'll take you there. And again, I'm so sorry." It's hard to overestimate the courage of the pilot's decision expecting the wrath of the airlines management for refusal to follow the 'on time' departure. Instead, the Management told that they were "proud' of their pilot, a man who clearly understands that taking a child off life support has consequences that run deeper than a flight taking off late.

We are in need of this kind of species of people for the sustainment of this unique universe. Each of us have to play our roles right to give importance to the needs of the people than rules and regulations, even at the risk of our jobs and lives. This is a top priority in all religions.

Prayer

Jesus, save the people from the insensitivity of the modern high-tech world. We pray for those who risk themselves to save the life of others in danger, and wipe the tears of others. All we ask in the name of Jesus.

Amen.

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