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Traveling, Broke, Hungry
Monday, September 1st, 2014
The righteous will answer him, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?”
- Matthew 25:37 (NIV)
One hot summer day, as we waited in line at a red light, we saw a young man up ahead, holding a sign that read, “TRAVELING, BROKE, HUNGRY.” We did not stop to help him. As we drove past, we debated whether or not we should go back. We decided to buy him some food and a soft drink. I returned to the intersection with a bag of food and a few dollars to give to him. As I approached, I could see the tattoo emblazoned across the young man’s face. I imagined how this might make some people hesitant to help him. Yet, we were glad that we had stopped to help.
Throughout the Gospels, Jesus tells us to help others we meet on the highway of life, to put our faith into action. He encourages us to give and not look for anything in return, to love our neighbors as ourselves. Showing compassion for those less fortunate than ourselves is one way we reflect the presence of Jesus Christ in our lives.
James C. Seymour, Jr. (New York)
Thought for the Day
Acting on my faith means that I will not pass by someone in need.
Helping Father, help us to show gratitude for all that you’ve given to us by helping those in need. Amen.
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