HELP MAINTAIN OTHERS’ PRIVACY
On the one hand, we see rich people who make every occasion an opportunity to celebrate and luxuriate in life; on the other, plenty of people are seen without the wherewithal to purchase necessary clothing. If only we decide to set apart a tithe of our time and resources, we can find the means to help them. Most people buy new clothes and discard their old ones. As youngsters advance in years, they need to buy clothes to suit their size. As a result, they are forced to discard a lot of their stock in clothing. Some people buy new clothes in keeping with the latest trends and discard their old dresses.
Woollen clothes and blankets kept unused for a long time can be collected along with the excess left aside by well-to-do folks and given to those in need. This is an act of charity that can be easily done by anyone. We can manage to find the time to engage in this ministry in our own circumstances and neighbourhood. “I was naked, and you clothed me.” Heaven values this service as an act of charity worth rewarding with eternal life.
“I was naked. You clothed me.” This scriptural text has another level of meaning as well. It implies respect for others’ privacy. For one reason or another, everyone on this earth has had a lapse of some sort. When someone falters and falls, if everyone around tramples on him/her, that is not divine justice. God’s justice demands that we should help him rise to his feet, correct his mistakes and prepare the way for his reconciliation with God. This was the attitude Jesus displayed to the woman caught in the act of adultery.
“I too do not condemn you. Do not sin anymore.” Jesus guides the sinful woman to the shores of self-discovery and sanctity. We should not hasten to cross-examine and judge others. Instead, our effort should be directed to redeem others. Let us undertake projects aimed at others’ redemption.