Last week, my pastor, Bob Palumbo, mentioned a very gifted scholar who lived in the middle ages who, in spite of his education, lived much of his life as an impoverished itinerant.
I forgot if Bob mentioned the man’s name so I went to my favorite Medieval historian, Lois Huneycutt, for her expertise and she helped to guide me to the story of Muretus and the profound statement that reinforces the need for those of us that have been blessed with good things like intelligence and/or health and/or prosperity to not think too highly of ourselves and that every human being has the right to be treated with dignity and reverence simply (and for no other reason) that they are in God’s image and because it is for them that Jesus came to this earth and suffered and died.
The following is paraphrased from this linked site. http://catholicchat.wordpress.com/2009/09/14/call-no-man-worthless/
Hundreds of years ago in Italy lived an itinerate scholar whose name was Muretus. Although he was well-educated, he was impoverished and when he became extremely sick, was taken to a hospital for the destitute where no one knew he was a scholar. The doctors were discussing his case in scholarly Latin saying he was poor and of no value to anyone and, in their opinion, he was not worth spending money on his care he was that worthless as a human.
Muretus looked into their eyes and declared in perfect Latin, (translated into perfect English,) “Call no man worthless for whom Christ died.”