Year of Mercy – We’ve got 11 ½ Months to go!
So there you are, driving down the road, and up ahead at a stop light, you see a homeless/tramp/beggar at the corner with a homemade cardboard sign which has some variant of “Broke, Homeless, Hungry, Please Help.”
So, not wanting to get contaminated, you speed up and squeeze through the light barely before the traffic-cam gets your number.
And then, you start thinking about all those lessons you learned in Church, even though you stopped going long ago. Your conscience (you DO have one, you know) begins to belabor you about the head and neck, but it’s too late.
So, why not be prepared. It costs very little. The fiver is the new dollar. So, why not have a few five dollar bills ready so you don’t have to scramble for them?
There’s more you could do. Here in the Southwest, it gets very hot, and even when it isn’t hot, it is dry. A bottle of water can be a blessing. So can a few items of food in a paper bag.
The important thing is to do what you can. If you can’t afford a fiver, a dollar will do. If you can’t afford a dollar, some change will do. If you can’t make a food bag, how about a bottle of water and a granola bar?
Every bit helps.
A bottle of water
A small can of beans
A desert cup
A package of cheese crackers
A granola bar
A plastic spoon
A couple of peppermint candies.
Doesn’t cost much, can go rather far.
(I have read the homeless also appreciate a pair of fresh sox. Think about it.)
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
25 Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” 27 He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.”
29 But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii,[b] gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.’ 36 Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” 37 He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
Luke 10:25-37 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition
The Judgment of the Nations
31 When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, 33 and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. 34 Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35 for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 38 And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39 And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ 40 And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ 41 Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; 42 for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.
Matthew 25:31-46 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition