Admonition 18: Of Compassion toward one’s Neighbour1
Blessed is the man who bears with his neighbor according to the frailty of his nature as much as he would wish to be borne with by him if he should be in a like case.
No one enjoys being ill unless we revel in the attention it brings us but this isn’t about that kind of attention.
Admonition 18 follows on from the previous because it speaks to us of the relationships between ourselves and our neighbours. Again it describes those who have attained that State of bless-edness who give their all in every situation and who, when tending one who is frail or ill attend to that person as though they were their very selves or the Lord Jesus himself. Such a one might have wisdom to understand the fragility of human nature and be satisfied and forgive the other who cannot attend to them in like manner since the other has not yet attained to Bless-edness.
The Admonition is for those of us who walk the road to Bless-edness
34“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’(Matthew25:35-40 NIV)
- 1.Saint Francis of Assisi, The Writings of Saint Francis of Assisi, newly translated into English with an Introduction and Notes by Father Paschal Robinson (Philadelphia: The Dolphin Press, 1906). 29/9/2015. http://oll.libertyfund.org/titles/1172#lf0535_label_147
- 2.Matthew 25:35-40 NIV. 2015. Matthew 25:35-40 NIV. [ONLINE] Available at: http://biblehub.com/niv/matthew/25.htm. [Accessed 29 September 2015].