Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997) said, “The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love.”
Caring enough to give the bread is one step and caring enough to give medicine is another, but the giving of self to help cure loneliness, despair and hopelessness is another large step that is very difficult to take. Giving love is so much more costly than giving bread and medicine as important as they are.
“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you.” Jesus