To Serve is to Be Blessed
St Francis of Assisi is often quoted as saying "preach the gospel always, and if necessary, use words." This means that preaching the gospel primarily involves action, not words, and that our connection to Jesus Christ is manifest by what we do. As we finish our trip from Honduras, this quote comes to mind because I saw the gospel lived out in a concrete way without anybody preaching lofty or pious words. The faith of these disciples was evident in their actions, whether it was scrubbing the floor or surgically operating on people's bodies.
I also want to say a word about the poor. Jesus commands us to take care of the poor. I learned that it is easy for us to have a bad perspective about the poor. They do not need us to be their savior. Yet, it is easy to get a messiah complex, thinking "I am here to help you and save you poor, poor person." I think that, if Jesus commands us to have a preferential option for the poor, it is not because the poor need us. They do not need us as much as we think. Rather, we need them to see Jesus. They have already been declared blessed by our Lord in the beatitudes. To serve them is a blessing for us.