Helping Others

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 25:35-40)

I am currently researching the history of the Shrine for the new Guidebook, and I was going through one of the archive boxes we have here. In amongst all the paperwork, I found this little poem:

Is anyone happier because you passed their way?
Does anyone remember that you spoke to them today?
Were you selfish (pure and simple) as you rushed along your way?
Or is someone grateful for a deed you did today?
Can you say tonight in parting with the day that’s slipping past,
That you helped a single person in the many that you passed.
Is a single heart rejoicing over what you did and said?
Does a man whose hopes were fading now with courage look ahead?
Did you waste the day or lose it? Was it well or poorly spent?
Did you leave a trail of kindness, or a scar of discontent?

2pm is still only the middle (ish) of the day, can you answer each question above and say you did something positive? If not, can you sort before the end of the day? We might not be able to pass many people today (we are only allowed out once a day), but did you help someone on Zoom/social media/phone? What can you do today to make sure you don’t waste your day?


(Written by Matthew Betts)