There’s much talk going on about some company in the UK wanting to build a life-size replica of Minas Tirith. Wouldn’t it be cool to take a stroll through that city while reading portions from the Return of the King? It would bring part of Tolkien’s book to life. I imagine that our reaction would be similar to some poor or homeless person walking into our own home and imagining living the life we live.
It’s wonderful to dream, as long as we remain in touch with reality. When our dreams have no room for social justice, they have no room in our society. The needs of the unfortunate ones won’t disappear because we ignore them. As interesting as the project sounds, I think money would be better spent building houses and facilities for those who don’t have the luxury to afford respectable living conditions. Thus, instead of building a large Minas Tirith to tickle our imagination, we’d build smaller versions of the city by giving a home and respectable living conditions to those who live without means and, perhaps, without hope.
Be a light to your world today!
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All humanitarian deeds draw inspiration from the Gospel verses on the Final Judgment: Mt 25: 37-40 “Whereupon the just will answer, Lord, when was it that we saw thee hungry, and fed thee, or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When was it that we saw thee a stranger, and brought thee home, or naked, and clothed thee? When was it that we saw thee sick or in prison and came to thee? And the King will answer them, Believe me, when you did it to one of the least of my brethren here, you did it to me.”
Those verses are inspirational and wonderful to think about. We can all talk the Christian / good-deeds talk, but putting these words into practice is a different story. While I was out for a walk on my lunch break today, I was approached by a homeless lady who wanted money to buy her own food and drink. To make a long story short, I agreed to buy her some food to eat to make sure that she was really getting food and not supporting some addiction or other unhealthy habit.
Afterwards, I was bothered by it. Why is it that we give so reluctantly to those in need? Sure, we all hear stories about people asking for money and then using it for drugs… but you just never know when there can be a legitimate need for life essentials. The needy can sometimes use guilt-tripping strategies to convince you to help them, but then again wouldn’t we be inclined to do so as well if we were in a desperate situation like that as well?
In the end, this did push me out of my comfort zone and I’m glad it did. It’s also amazing that I have such an incredible and supporting wife who reassured me that I did the right thing.
What are your experiences with helping the needy? What are your challenges? Please feel free to share.
Be a light to your world today!
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