Interestingly, both groups of people are puzzled by this criterion, for
they ask: when did we see you hungry, thirsty... and so on. Those who have not
given bread or a glass of water to the needy are puzzled because, after all, if
they had known they were dealing with Jesus, as good Christians they certainly
would not have left him without help. Their tragedy is precisely that they have
reduced faith and God to the context of religious declarations, where it is
known that faith is involved. Meanwhile, the choice of God is in fact the
choice of a human being, the one not necessarily attractive, the one right next
to us. God is best chosen when he is completely unrecognisable. But it is
precisely when one recognises the greatest poverty, the greatest exclusion, and
tries to combat them, that this makes one pleasing to God and similar to him.
The acts of charity with which St Agnes has been remembered for
generations were performed by her towards all those in need, regardless of
their background, beliefs and way of thinking. It is not uncommon to complain
that, today, faith is confined to the private sphere. However, if our choice of
God is a gesture of reaching out to the needy people around us, our faith will
not be limited by anything; it will be a clear testimony in the social arena.
our faith, like that of St Agnes, empower us to truly choose God and to become
in his image and likeness, and thus be legible witnesses of his love in the world.
[Photos by František Ingr - Člověk a víra Association]