We humans are really good at placing blame.

I am chief among those who has little mercy for those who find themselves in difficult situations because of their own laziness or choices that they know will get them in trouble. I have learned that placing blame is a fairly common human response.

The bible is full of stories that prove my point. And the blame doesn’t always fall to the victim. One time the disciples thought a parent might be to blame for the suffering of their blind child.

In John chapter 9, we read this:

“As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?”

Jesus’ disciples like so many of us, wanted to know the source of a man’s suffering, perhaps to alleviate his suffering at it’s roots. Questions from the  “haves” looking at the plight of the “have nots” are normal but sometimes it’s just a better response to jump into the life of another and do something to help them without trying to figure it all 0ut. If you read on in John 9, you’ll see that’s exactly what Jesus did.

I want to thank those of you who are responding like Jesus to the homeless in our community during these bitterly cold days of winter. Giving cheerfully to your favorite homeless shelter so that someone without a home, can have a warm bed for a night or two is a precious act of love and compassion.

Doing it without asking a lot of questions shows you care and you want to demonstrate grace. Of course, these challenges in our community prompt questions in all of us. However, we should keep in mind that there will always be the homeless and poor among us. (See Matthew 26:11) 

The bottom line is that because of your generosity, someone will have a warm bed when they need it most, and that’s a good thing. So thank you for sharing the love with the least of our brothers.

Thank you.

Keep the love coming!

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Tim

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4 Responses to "Whose fault is it?"

  • Leanne Rezac says:

    Thanks, Tim, for such a timely message for us all to consider when given the opportunity to show love to the “least of these” rather than questioning their plight.

    Matthew 25:27-28
    37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

    40 “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.’

    1. timcalcara says:

      Thanks Leanne. May we all grow in grace in showing love to all of our brothers and sisters.

  • Good article Tim. It has taken time to get to this place of ‘not questioning,’ but realizing everyone has a place in this world. God doesn’t want us to be like Cain who says, “Am I my brothers keeper?” God wants us to realize everyday that we are our brother and our sister’s keeper.

    1. timcalcara says:

      Thanks Marty. It has taken me time to ‘not question’ and I’m not sure I’m there yet. But I’m learning. I appreciate your thoughtful response.

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