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Service to Our Fellow Men

(By Jaime Sevilla)

Service is the fruit of a person who lives in peace with herself and with those around her, it is the aroma of the love that lives inside of us, it is that internal force that pushes us to do good to our fellow men regardless of their race, language, sexual orientation or social position; it is the eminent proof that we have overcome our fears, pride and superficialities; it is the reflection that God dwells within ourselves.

Surely you can experience an inexplicable feeling when you carry out humanitarian action with those who need it most, for example: helping an elderly or blind person to cross the street, feed or help a disabled person in one of their daily tasks, offer help to a newly arrived immigrant according to their possibilities, be more aware of the children, the wife, parents, siblings or someone in the family who might need our help, etc. I am completely sure that doing a service action to a needy person will make him feel good about himself and that is called happiness.

However, there is also a type of interested “service” that is useless, since all that is sought is a benefit of one’s own and not really that of the other person; generally, this is seen in social circles where conditioned aid is provided in exchange for another that the person helped must return. Sometimes, these types of people who provide an interested service to other people in need reach the degree of manipulation, to achieve their own interests; and if these needy people who have been helped do not do what they demand, if they perform an action that escapes their hands; they become their worst enemies and look for any means to make their superiority felt without caring about the damage they may cause.

Undoubtedly, this type of person is never well with himself, generally they feel frustrated and they see enemies or competitions everywhere; they are always imagining that everyone else wants to hurt them or they are envious of them, and all their life they spend pending what others can do to them, less of themselves; how much wisdom there is in the saying: “Who does not live to serve, does not serve to live”.

But when a person helps another selflessly, who serves without expecting anything in return, who endorses the words of that wise woman of India, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, “we must serve until it hurts”; that human being is a person of good, that reflects peace and joy within himself; to one in the midst of pain and need, because he has discovered that there is no more noble and human action in this life than helping others, without expecting anything in return; especially the most needy, the poor, the marginalized; he is a radiant person of happiness and it infects all those who live around him; because true happiness comes from love that is shown in selfless service to others.

Dear readers, let us try to serve those around us without expecting anything in return and according to our possibilities, today more than ever we need human beings capable of detaching themselves to give themselves to others, especially those most in need. This is the practice of the commandment left to us by our elder brother, Jesus of Nazareth: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Mk 12:31).

That love of oneself manifests itself when we serve the most needy, the poor; when we raise our voices to denounce the injustices that are committed with the most vulnerable in our society; when we heal the wounds of hunger, pain; when we accompany the one who feels lonely, especially the one who is next to me; remember that through this service, motivated by love, is that we demonstrate our love for others.

This is the secret of true happiness, because every time we give ourselves to others, we experience a joy that no material wealth can buy. I beg the Creator to discover it and put it into practice, since God created us with this ability to give to each other, serving others.

Many times the people next to us do not go looking for material things, only someone to talk to, someone to share their pain or sadness with; this is also a kind of service that we should be willing to offer, we should mourn with the one who cries, suffer with the one who suffers, laugh with the one who laughs; remember that life goes around, tomorrow may be that we need others. I would like to end with that popular phrase:
“you reap what you sow.”

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