Caring for the elderly is caring for Jesus

When we care for the poor and the elderly, we are caring for Jesus Himself, said Archbishop Julian Leow during his homily at the 2019 International Day of Older Persons on Sept 28.

Oct 13, 2019

By Anette Appaduray
When we care for the poor and the elderly, we are caring for Jesus Himself, said Archbishop Julian Leow during his homily at the 2019 International Day of Older Persons on Sept 28.

In collaboration with the Archdiocesan Family Life Commission, the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes hosted the celebration which paid tribute to all senior parishioners, aged 60 and above, who have contributed to the growth of the parishes and communities.

Archbishop Leow highlighted the day’s readings about the existence of poverty, illness and suffering in the world. The Archbishop made reference to the Gospel reading of Lazarus and the rich man, and how important it is to help those less fortunate than us, while we are here on earth.

He added that in the next life, the poor will speak about what the rich have done for them in this lifetime. If Lazarus had been helped by the rich man, he would have spoken of the kindness of the rich man. The lesson here is to always use our riches to help the poor, the needy, and the neglected. We are asked to open our eyes and ears to listen to the cries of the poor and the elderly around us.

He added that the world will tell us to look out for our own interests, and to take care of ourselves first, but the Gospel tells us to look after others. He explained that the elderly are, in fact, a treasure in our societies and communities. They have much knowledge, wisdom and history to share with us. He stressed the importance of appreciating the priceless heritage and wisdom that the elderly give us and to honour the history of our families and communities.

The Archbishop hoped that the elderly care homes in our communities are truly homes and not prisons, as sometimes families simply could not care for their older parents and relatives. So these homes must be places that families can turn to, to care for their elders.

He then highlighted the message that Pope Francis gave in 2014 when he reminded us to never forget, neglect, or hide our elderly in care homes. It is our duty as Christians and as good members of our communities to visit, to care for and to make the elderly a part of our community. This is something all of us must be aware of and be sensitive to.

The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes saw a full house attendance for this special celebration, and the evening ended with fellowship in the Lourdes Hall.

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