My dear friends when you see someone in need what do you do, do you stop and say how can I help or do you see the person in need but say to yourself not my problem somebody else’s problem and without a thought walk by on the other side of the street because my friends there are many people who would do exactly that.
Sometimes I wonder what if I had a callousness of the heart would I be better off especially financially, well yes certainly.
Well it’s not who I am and I hope it’s not who you are. It is true that I am of large stature and I am compassionate but unlike the man spoken about by John Wesley I am not insensitive to the needs of the many because I see them everyday.
In every street in every Village, every street in every town, every street in every city you see so many people who have such diverse needs. I know it is difficult to try and cater for all of them believe me in some small way I have tried.
When you see someone in the gutter especially if you’re a Christian or a person of faith do not leave that person languish in the gutter because one day that person could be you and if you have not helped another human being then there may come a time when you are in difficulty and you will not be helped.
No one should be left in the dark you should be light to them as he is a light to you. As a Christian my faith is a sacrificial faith as Christ sacrificed himself for me is it not right that I should sacrifice some part of myself for the stranger who is in need.
I make a mockery if I say I believe but do not practice what I believe. I am a Christian and I am a socialist the two things are indivisible they feed each other. Be not ashamed if you suffer from excessive compassion rather be ashamed if you have have a callousness of the heart.
I hope this day that if you see any of your brothers and sisters in great need that you will stop and say how can I help.
The reward for an act of random kindness to a stranger in need is unmeasurable. You may not receive it in this life but I can tell you will receive it in the next.
And may God bless you all on this Sunday evening