If God is pleased, then we are, too

MOP gets Nel­son Man­dela Sun­shine Award in New York

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

Brothers at the Mis­sion­ar­ies of the Poor give at­ten­tion to a child in their care.

THE BROTHERS and my­self are sim­ple men with one sim­ple in­ten­tion: to be to­tally com­mit­ted to the Lord our God, and to do what­ever He wills.

Who is my neigh­bour? The stranger beaten, robbed, and left for dead.

The para­ble of the Good Sa­mar­i­tan does not say that my neigh­bour is my cousins, my friends, my par­ents, my chil­dren or those who live next door, but the stranger – re­jected by the priest and the rabbi, who walked away to the op­po­site side of the street, away from the man beaten, away from their fel­low men.

The great­est sat­is­fac­tion for the brothers and my­self in Mis­sion­ar­ies of the Poor is the love of God ex­pe­ri­enced when we bathe the man or woman taken off the street, or feed the hun­gry child who is starv­ing, or em­brace the use­less pris­oner or stranger con­sid­ered an out­cast by so­ci­ety.

To see the smiles, the joy, the hap­pi­ness of the re­jected ones, now in­te­grated into our com­mu­nity of home­less and des­ti­tute peo­ple, is the ful­fill­ment of the pur­pose of our lives that gives us great Joy.

Then to hear the word of Je­sus: “When I was hun­gry you fed Me; when I was thirsty you, gave Me to drink; when I was naked, you clothed Me. Wel­come into my King­dom that lasts for­ever”.

That we have pleased Christ and be­ing wel­comed into His King­dom is what mat­ters most of all.

We are happy to be re­ceiv­ing the Nel­son Man­dela Award for Hu­man Rights Achieve­ment given by the Sun­shine Award or­gan­i­sa­tion, based in Man­hat­tan, New York. We work for hu­man rights, but most of all we work in the name of the Lord. In Him, we have our life, our source of grace and inspiration; for Him, we do all things. Out of His life, the source of our ev­ery grace and strength, come our mo­ti­va­tion and pur­pose.

We work for hu­man rights, but most of all we work in the name of the Lord. In Him, we have our life, our source of grace and inspiration; for Him, we do all things. Out of His life, the source of our ev­ery grace and strength, come our mo­ti­va­tion and pur­pose.

With­out Him, we are noth­ing. We are men of God who sim­ply live out the Beat­i­tudes and call peo­ple to Christ – the source of ev­ery joy, hap­pi­ness and sat­is­fac­tion.

Even as we re­ceive the 2016 Nel­son Man­dela Hu­man Rights Achieve­ment Sun­shine Award, we praise God, and hon­our Him. I must not be hon­oured, not praised; nor do the brothers seek praise. Still, we are grate­ful and thank­ful that such work is blessed and re­garded by our fel­low men.

The brothers have be­gun a new min­istry, sent from Ja­maica to East Ti­mor, one of the poor­est coun­tries in the far East. It is af­fected by great poverty and civil war. The brothers are mis­sioned to work with lep­ers, who are nu­mer­ous in East Ti­mor. The brothers will make sure that med­i­ca­tion is avail­able to them – that is the first step – then hous­ing, clothes, food and shel­ter.

I find lep­ers the sweet­est and the most hum­ble of peo­ple. Their skin is all pocked, they crawl on the ground, they have stubbed fin­gers and toes, their hands are twisted, their noses all dis­fig­ured and rounded, their hair is strings, they smile and beg, they pray, and give thanks.

FUND­ING THE MIS­SION

At present, we are pre­par­ing for Moses to be shown at the Hal­ton Theater, CPCC Char­lotte, North Car­olina. Those funds will go to­wards our brothers’ work with lep­ers in East Ti­mor. There we will build a monastery and an apos­to­late ‘Ja­maican Brothers’ will con­tinue to sing, play mu­si­cal in­stru­ments and dance, even while they work with these poor­est of peo­ple.

Some­times I worry about the brothers work­ing with lep­ers and HIV pa­tients as well as the sick and dy­ing in Africa, In­dia, Philip­pines, Haiti and many other coun­tries. Some­times I worry about the earth­quakes, the hur­ri­canes, tor­na­does, but I must learn they are my sons. And most of all, they are God’s sons. He will take care of them.

The brothers are known ev­ery­where as ‘The Ja­maican Brothers’. They will love and do well with the lep­ers. Please pray for them.

We have re­ceived sev­eral in­ter­na­tional awards, such as the Gusi Peace Price Award, the equiv­a­lent of the No­bel Prize in the far East; the Mar­tin Luther King Award of­fered by the Amer­i­can Em­bassy; the Keys to the City of Mi­ami; and now, the Nel­son Man­dela Award. If God is pleased – and I be­lieved He is – and it helps to fur­ther our works, I give thanks. Once again, “He has raised up the lowly.”

But these awards don’t mat­ter very much to the brothers or my­self. Pleas­ing the Lord is all that mat­ters. If He is glo­ri­fied, then we are happy. If oth­ers are drawn to Christ by these awards, we are very happy. We are owned by Christ; we be­long to Him.

SOURCE OF SAT­IS­FAC­TION

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