We find it easy to be incensed when wrong is done to a friend. We are ready to fight injustice when someone we love has been wronged. However, God reminds us that our worship means little if we do not also protect those who are weak, marginalized, oppressed, and forgotten. It’s not just our friends who need our help; it’s also those who have no friends who need us. “To do right” doesn’t just mean being a good person and avoiding evil in our sanctified little enclaves; it also means to care, comfort, and encourage those no one else wants to notice.
ELIOT, THOMAS STEARNS, (1888-1965, American-born poet and literary critic, Nobel Prize winner for Literature, O.M.)PORTRAIT BY SIR GERALD KELLY P.R.A., R.H.A. (1879-1972),
oil on canvas, three-quarter length, seated in front of solander boxes (one inscribed Chardin) on the shelves in Kelly’s studio at 65 (now 117) Gloucester Place, Portman Square, holding a book, traces of guide-line numbering at the edges, the book sketched in, 50 x 36½ in (127 x 92.7 cm).