I was at mass today and we read Mat 25:31-46.
The priest talked about seeing Jesus in our neighbor, and quoted
“In truth I tell you, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me.”
He made it sound as if anyone, no matter how guilty or innocent, was Jesus’s brother.
This also seems to be Mother’s Theresa’s spirituality:
I noticed that my compassion for someone depends on how innocent I believe he is. It’s easier for me to find Jesus in a Somalian starving child than in a North-American adult who is suffering the consequences of his own choices (such as obesity or STD). In the the latter case, thoughts such as “he asked for it” makes it hard for me to have compassion for him. I know God the son commanded us not to judge, but this is the way my heart works.
Am I supposed to have the same compassion for someone who (I believe although it’s not for me to judge) has brought upon himself his own suffering than for innocent suffering such as child hunger or cancer?
How do I find Jesus in someone I think is guilty and/ or responsible for his problems? How can I have for such a person the same loving kindness I can have for a suffering child or even for a wounded puppy?