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Serving and Suffering for Others

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

Today's Bible Verse

"He did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many people." (Mathew 20:28)

Discussion

Is there any meaning in risking your life for others?

Any long standing achievement and development solely depends on the selfless risk, suffering, tears and toil of others. Without the cross, there is no crown and that is an eternal truth. "The law says that almost everything must be made clean by blood, and sins cannot be forgiven without bloodshed" (Hebrews 9:22). We are here on earth to serve others and that is the mission entrusted and engraved in our genes by the creator. Anything contrary to the will of the creator will have the repercussions of division, disunity, strife, war, and ultimately self annihilation. Jesus says, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent me to finish His work" (John 4:34). The reward for those who live for and die for others can't be measured. "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him" (1 Corinthians 2:9).

We are in the last phase of the present civilization of self gratification and aftermath of mass destruction and the desolateness of the good earth. 10% of seniors are abused in their own homes while they're in the care of supposedly loving family members. They are abandoned by their children and grand children whom they have supported for a life time.

The sun still rises because there are people like a few Japanese workers in the Fukushima Nuclear Plants who risk their lives to save others. After 8 days of radiation leak in the Plants, the workers have connected a power line, allowing cooling pumps to be restarted and thus, saving millions of lives. The workers know that if there is a reactor melt down it can be a major disaster affecting huge areas and a huge number of people, and they are risking their lives to try and prevent that.

As the rest of the world waits to see if Japan can avert a nuclear catastrophe, the small band of workers and experts are putting their lives at risk to prevent the disaster. While most are trying to flee, about 180 plant workers are staying despite the fact that doing so, could result in serious illness or even death to battle the meltdown threat. They say, "We are in totally unchartered waters, people are adlibbing to deal with the situation. Using fire trucks to pump a mixture of sea water and boron onto the reactors is not in any of the manuals." These workers are trained to understand the risks, and knowing the danger, they do the work. This kind of service is rare to see. Kudos to the workers. We bow down to them with a huge debt of gratitude.

"Behold! The lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world" (John 1:29). We are born to die, so let us die with heroic acts of serving others. Don't miss the target of eternity. "After I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me so that you may be where I am" ( John 14: 3).

Prayer

 Jesus, we pray for the Japanese workers who are risking their lives to save millions from the nuclear disaster. Let nations stop using mass destructive nuclear weapons if they can't find a fool-proof protective shield. Let the world learn to live with simple necessities and close to nature without destructing the environment. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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