«He who despises his neighbor sins; but he who has mercy on the poor, happy is he» (Proverbs 14:21).
I grew up in a neighborhood surrounded by children who enjoyed playing soccer on the street. It was only a matter of placing two stones that marked the goal and watching for cars passing by to temporarily stop the game. Everything was going great until Paco arrived, a guy bigger than us and extremely aggressive. His presence heralded the end of the game. First, he started making fun of us, then came the insults, and finally he took the ball from us. He would sit there laughing at the children until, tired of having bothered us, he would kick the ball as far as he could and leave in the midst of a string of profanities. But one day things went too far. In the midst of an intense soccer match, Paco appeared with a pellet gun. He started with his usual sarcasm, but this time he used the gun to threaten us. We were all trembling with fear. After a while, while the aggressor wasn’t looking, I took off running toward my house. All I could hear was Paco yelling after me and his threats that he was going to shoot me. I came home and told my father. In a few minutes, my father showed at the place accompanied by two policemen, who took Paco away and removed his weapon. He never bothered us again.
Humiliating others is a terrible habit, and unacceptable in the life of a Christian. It all starts as if it’s a fun game, but it escalates to levels of tragedy. The desire to devalue, denigrate, and subdue others is the typical profile of a person with low self-esteem. In a situation of this nature, it is important not to remain silent or intimidated by the aggressor.
Today’s verse clearly says that humiliating is a sin. Why? Jesus said: » ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me’ » (Matthew 25:40). In these same verses the Lord reminds us of how important it is to do good to the economically disadvantaged, to the less popular, to those who have the lowest grades. We do not earn anything by humiliating others, but we can change lives by helping others to succeed.
Today ask the Lord to help you become a channel of blessing to others.