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OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: We must be our brother’s keeper


OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: We must be our brother’s keeper

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For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God, rather than burnt offerings – Hosea 6:6.

Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means “I desire mercy and not sacrifice.” – Matthew 9: 12-13.

I HAD AN EXPERIENCE last week that I would like to share with others.

While I was at a certain business place, I asked an employee of the company where was the bathroom and was told that the washrooms for customers were on the upper level.

There was one on the lower level where I was, but that was for staff only. What a pity! There was no elevator around and I was using a cane because I have a problem with my foot.  

Believe it or not, I had to struggle to get up to the upper level with all those stairs. To be honest, the employee apologised to me when I came back down the stairs. Then I asked myself if Jesus would have behaved how that employee behaved? I doubt very much because He is a Jesus of love, mercy and compassion.

It must be made known that I have no hatred towards the employee, because I am aware that some members of the public can and will leave the washroom in a very untidy and dirty state.

I am highlighting my incident to show what those with disabilities have to go through and the type of treatment that is given to them.

However, last Monday I had another experience, which was a very pleasant one. While disembarking from my car to drop off a document, an employee saw me with my cane and that employee said to me, “Father, I will come for it”. How nice that was, for I desire mercy and not sacrifice.

I do believe that sometimes one has to be very discreet in such a salutation, knowing that we must be our brother’s keeper, because there are some very genuine cases that must be given urgent attention.