When Jesus had washed the disciples' feet, He said to them:
"Amen, amen, I say to you, no slave is greater than his master."
"Stooping that low is beneath you," says the evil one to the Christian, who faces temptation against a desire to provide humble service to another in need, a service that may require getting dirt on the hands, or getting down on one's knees, or dealing with difficult people.
"You're not responsible for that person. Let such people learn how to fend for themselves." And so the voice of darkness murmurs on.
Common sense should tell us when we're helping and when we're not. The truth of the matter is, that a super-abundance of souls exists in this world who do not know, truly know, Jesus Christ or the Father who sent Him.
Scripture shows us, and life experience teaches us, that loving, humble service in Jesus' name is perhaps the best way to make Him known to others. Such service can be a simple charitable act of kindness, or even a religious calling of lifetime service to the poor.
Somewhere in between, lie countless opportunities to serve in the spirit and the example of the Master.
Have a blessed day,
Father Ed Bakker
Anglican Catholic Church / Original Province
Mission of Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne