Consider for a moment...What was your biggest worry today?
Were you stuck in traffic? Did you have a tough day at work, are you stressed about the coming holidays?
We often take for granted the blessings ain our lives. We take for granted those less fortunate than ourselves; people who do not have a warm place to call home, food to eat, no sense of belonging. People who are set apart and left to struggle on the margins of our community.
As people of God and Christ we are called by our faith to make a special commitment to the poor and marginalized. The need is very great. We see people in need of food, clothes, and shelter. We see them and often times we look away. The problem can seem overwhelming.
In December, the Social Justice Committee of St. Charles Borromeo is asking our community not to look away. the smallest gifts can change a life; a hot meal, warm coat, or even a caring smile can make a difference to someone in need. Let us all look for opportunities to help the poor and those in need. Please consider giving to St. Vincent de Paul or other charity organizations that serve the poorest among us.
Connection to Scripture:
As we journey toward Christmas, we encourage you to reflect on the birth narrative of our Lord in the book of Luke. We are told that the Holy family had to return to their homes. This meant like thousands of other families during that time, the Holy Family had been forced from there homes through unjust laws and loans. It is within this family experiencing homelessness that God is birthed into the world. And through the experience of poverty, Jesus grows to understand his vocation as one that speaks out against injustice, and to his followers he commands that they shelter the homeless and take care of the poor
The Good Samaritan Luke 10: 34-35
The Judgement of Nations Mathew 25:31-46
Sermon on the Plain Luke 6:20-26
Connection to Church teaching: