The Gospel parable of the final judgement from St. Matthew chapter 25 is a constant reminder to examine our deeds and to not forget the weak among us. In this parable, those on the right, who fulfilled the Christian works of mercy, along with those on the left who have not fulfilled these deeds, both wonder when they might have seen Christ hungry or thirsty or naked or sick or in prison. Each of us has this great temptation not to recognize those in need and, especially, not to recognize Christ in our neighbours. Therefore, any effort to identify the hungry or naked or sick and to urge others to help them must be considered a great help for salvation.
Saint Paraskeva Orthodox Charity urges people to identify and help the hungry, naked and sick. The needs of those around us are many. We must neither ignore them nor give up because of our scarce resources. Maybe those in need are waiting just for a kind word or an urge to faith and hope. If we can also add to this some of the material world, we will fulfil what Christ is requiring of us. And we will have the joy of meeting Christ Himself and to find God who enlightens us and gives meaning to our life. On the eve of the feast of the Nativity of Christ it is useful to remember and follow this message.
+NICOLAE, Archbishop of the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in the Americas