Lazarus the beggar and St. Francis of Assisi

Well, in a land more obedient to the laws of Moses in the Bible, Lazarus the poor man would not have been so bad off, whether he had an incapacitating condition or not:

Leviticus 23:22 And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not make clean riddance of the corners of thy field when thou reapest, neither shalt thou gather any gleaning of thy harvest: thou shalt leave them unto the poor, and to the stranger: I am the LORD your God.

Franco Zeffirelli’s biographical movie of St. Francis Assis was excellent. He also made the movie “Jesus of Nazareth”, the best movie every made of the life of Jesus Christ. MUCH better than Mel Gibson’s “passion play”.

Some might say he could have done more good picking up in his father’s trade, but it would be an impossible feat to do better than the help for the poor that he, his followers, and his legacy have done for them.

But it was his choice to make. He had found something that was more valuable than all his fathers’ riches, that being a life of helping the poor, healing the sick, comforting the lepers, sharing the love of Christ which had filled his heart.

Me, I became a missionary because I wanted to change the world, help others, preach the gospel as a way to spread the truth and love of Jesus Christ and his salvation. This is really the best way to change the world, is to first recognize the truth of the gospel and its power to help others, and the truth of the Resurrection that imbues the believer with enough conviction to persist.

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