'Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Mt. 25:35 -40

Volunteering, or freely putting our time, gifts, skills and talents at the service of others is deeply embedded in the human psyche. The pain, suffering, needs, weakness, inadequacies or helplessness of people we meet touches something deep within us. We may name this experience empathy, sympathy, altruism or simply love. It is an inner power that inspires the desire to help to be involved to ease the pain or make life better for the other.
 
I believe the source of this power is Jesus Christ dwelling within us. St. Paul expounds this breath taking Christian mystery, the fruit of Christ’s death and resurrection:

“I live now not with my own life but with the life of Christ who lives in me”   Gal 2:20

Jesus frequently underlines this unique relationship with us in his discourses and teaching and perhaps never more graphically than in his teaching on the last judgement which he concludes with the words:


‘whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Mt. 25:35 -40

There are many forms of involvement:
1.casual, spur of the moment, as when spontaneously helping someone or who has fallen, or taken ill in  a public
   place etc.

2.Regular commitment i.e. daily, or one or several days weekly, in Day Centres, or similar ministries for the
   needy
3.Or a long term commitment as in setting up a charity to meet a particular need.
4. Life long commitment as in following a religious vocation.

 

                           

 www.ourladyofmercy.org.uk/whatwedo/dsp-default.cfm           

  www.watw.org.uk/volunteer