What kind of person am I? Am I someone who more often thinks of the needs of others before serving my own?
If we live for ourselves seeking comfort and pleasures only, perhaps would it be very prudent to carefully listen to Jesus through the Parable of the poorbeggar, Lazarus, and the rich man:
“There was a certain rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen; and feasted sumptuously every day. And there was a certain beggar, named Lazarus, who lay at his gate, full of sores desiring to be filled with the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table and no one did give him; moreover the dogs came, and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom. And the rich man also died: and he was buried in hell. And lifting up his eyes when he was in torments, he saw Abraham afar off and Lazarus in his bosom: And he cried, and said: ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, to cool my tongue, for I am tormented in this flame’. And Abraham said to him: ‘Son, remember that you did receive good things in your lifetime, and likewise Lazarus evil things, but now he is comforted; and you are tormented…” (Luke 16,19-25)
You may hear some people say that God is so good and loving that He would not put anybody in hell. Yes, “God is Love” indeed, but does it mean that no matter what we do, good or bad, there is neither reward nor punishment? Do we say that hell doesn’t really exist because we convince ourselves that it doesn’t perhaps as a way to avoid all fear? If we like to live a good life without caring about anybody else but ourselves, it is important to remind ourselves of this parable.
Thus, we approach Heaven when we help someone in need, materially and/or spiritually thinking of Jesus hidden in that person: “I was hungry and you gave me to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me to drink…” (Matt.25). It is beneficial to reflect on “sinning by omission,” such as not doing the good we should have done. Thus, let us not miss the opportunities to give our smile, our time even if we are very busy. It is in fact to Jesus that we give them.