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Service to Others

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

Today's Bible Verse

"There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends." (John 15:13)

Discussion

Are you willing to donate your organs?

Trading of human organs is a huge money making racket around the world. For making money, all means are being justified. Live humans are on the sacrificial table for a few rich patients. Millions in urgent need of transplantation of organs are dying due to non-availability, non-awareness and lack of money to meet the cost behind it. We need not die to help others as Jesus did on the cross for our sins. There are other ways to practice sacrificial love: organ donation is one. Of our death, the Bible speaks, "And the dust returns to the earth, as it was, the spirit returns to God who gave it" (Ecclesiasts 12 :7). It is a service to the society and to God if our organs can be used for saving the life of others. It should not be traded.

Dr. Krishnagopal, a famous heart surgeon who was trained at the Frontier Life Line under Dr. K.M. Cherian in Chennai, donated his organ to a patient at the same hospital. He suffered a fall at his residence in Madurai on December 26, 2009 and sustained severe head injuries. He was declared brain dead. His wife, Mrs. Priya Gopal, even in her grief, made a quick decision to donate her husband's organs and ensure that they live on in others. She said, "He always believed in serving the society and gave up a lucrative career in Singapore to serve the people in his motherland. Having made so many hearts beat successfully, it 's our wish that his heart continues beating." Love and appreciation to Mrs. Priya Gopal and all others who have donated/are donating their organs to save the life of others without expecting any returns. Love others in all means to save them even at the cost of our lives.

Prayer

Jesus, bless those who donates their organs to the patients in dire needs. Let us understand the fragility of this earthly body. Let us live with the great hope of the spiritual world. Let our lives be useful to our fellow beings. All we ask in the name of Jesus.

Amen.

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