Mother Teresa’s Brothers and Sisters, (the M.C.s), are Famous for bringing Street Children to their Homes, providing their basic needs, and even helping them settle in life. An incident occurred in their ‘Mother House’ in Kolkata in 1977, that has forever remained in my mind as an Example that it is not only Good, but even Necessary to Ask in order to Receive. The Superior of the Brothers at that time had been Bro. Ferdinand. I can attest to all this as I had been there then.
The good brothers had just arranged for a batch of Autorickshaws for a group of their Young men who were on the threshold of life. These Youth were Invited to take charge of their vehicles and to step out into life.
As with many Youth, this group too had been whiling their time away, playing Cards and things like that. And they were just Not Ready to go and Earn their Bread! When the Brothers kept Insisting that the Young men take charge of their own lives, one of them pulled out a Knife, brought it to Bro. Ferdinand’s midriff, and said: “DITTE HOBE.”
Just two short words, and they are in Bangla, the language of the Bengalese. And they mean, in effect: “YOU, Have to Provide.” What those Young men were expecting proved to be something like this: ‘You have brought us from the streets. We did not ask for it. Now You Keep Providing for us!’
I had just got down at at the Karaikal Bus Stand, years ago, when I decided to enjoy an Ice Cream as the day had been very hot. After that, as I came out, I noticed a Woman sitting right in the sun. I handed her a Ten rupee note. She looked at it with Empty eyes, as if She did not know what to do with it, and let it drop.
In the photo , the young man is more aware of his surroundings, as he is seen carrying at least a Water Bottle. But that Woman had had a very vacant look on her face. She must have Lost her Mind. There are Many like her, both Male and Female in India, on the Streets.
In any case, Unasked-for Gifts are Not Appreciated.
Image from: gardenofpraise.com
This picture is a depiction of the proud pharisee, as in Luke 18:9-14. Though he did not say the words, what he was conveying was: ‘Here I have done my part of the bargain; see that You fulfil Yours.’ The fellow is not able to push out his chest as his stomach is bigger! But that is a joke.
The point of all this is This:
- The Businessman does not Automatically Hand over his hard earned trade to his son, if he thinks the young man is not worthy.
- A Prince was Not Automatically Crowned King is he did not deserve it.
- We do not stand with Crossed hands and Chest out in front of our Elders, expecting to be Blessed.
- The Guru does not Automatically Accept a Disciple, Nor Convey the Wisdom to Everybody and Anybody. It is Upanishad!
Politeness, Courtesy and Culture are Indications of Worth. It is Not Right to Grovel in front of Anybody. Even God. He does not expect it. He has called Us His Children. But it would be good to Ask. That would Indicate that We would appreciate the Gift. And that would be another Instance when We would be Talking to Him! He Appreciates Conversations with Us.
Besides all this, the Words of Christ, when He said, ‘Ask, and You will receive,’ in Matthew 7:7 also mean: ‘Ask, and You WILL Receive!’