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Care and Support of Others

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

Today's Bible Verse

"I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you." (Luke 6:27)

Discussion

Can you live alone without the care and support of others?

We are all made up of one organism - the spirit of one God. So we are interrelated with the same spirit and no one has a separate existence. We need to support and care for each other, individual-wise and nation-wise. If anyone is in suffering, we need to extend and mobilize support to the suffering centers. The Jews despised the Romans because they oppressed God's people, but Jesus told the people to love their enemies. He was talking about an act of the will and the conscious effort to help people when they are in need. The collective support and care will create miracles in the life of the needy. So learn how to love others and not to hate anyone. Always remember that one day you will also be in need and plead for help. It is better to erase the word 'I' from the dictionary of each individual's book of life for good.

Mt Carmel - the evergreen mountain, a source of life and beauty, a place of biblical miracles was burning during the miraculous holiday of Jews Hanukkah- the holiday of light. 43 people died while they were trying to save others from the fire. Israel's all scientific advancement in technology could not help them to extinguish the fire. Israel needed help and the world was there for them. Many countries sent assistance to fight the fire, such as fire extinguishers, aircrafts and helicopters, firefighter trucks, fire experts and firefighters. The countries who have supported are Azerbaijan, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Egypt, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Turkey, Palestine Authority, Romania, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, UK, and the USA. Israel has thanked the supporters by saying, "There are times when modern and technological man feels how small he is against the forces of nature but it is precisely these times in which certain select people transcend the ordinary and show the greatness of humanity. Beyond the physical help, you gave us a feeling of support that was so important." When so many nations work together to save the lives of people and the environment, it is a miracle. The Jewish tradition says that one should not rely on miracles, but we appreciate them when they happen.

"Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you." (Luke 6:28)

Prayer

Jesus, let us learn to love one and all. Give us a heart of love. Remove from our life all hate and enmity. Let the world learn the lesson of peace, togetherness and unity. Let the world pool all its resources to eliminate poverty, hunger and strife. All we ask in the name of Jesus.

Amen.

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