The Name of the Needy One at My Gate

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Dear Parishioners and Visitors,

What the poor man Lazarus possessed was a soul, a name, and a desire “to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table.” How many opportunities did the wealthy man have, one who was clothed “in fine linen and feasted sumptuously every day,” to alleviate the hunger pangs of the man with countless sores, who lay dying at the rich man’s gate?Moreover, in Jesus’ story, the one who lived the high life was simply identified as “a rich man”; whereas, the poor man had a name, ‘Lazarus’.

The rich one is not condemned for his wealth; rather, he is condemned because he chose to completely ignore the pain, suffering, and kindred humanity of Lazarus, who lay at the entrance to his lavish home. What is the name of the needy one at my gate?

“When a poor person dies of hunger,
it has not happened because God did not take care of him or her.
It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person
what he or she needed.” —St. Teresa of Kolkata

In God’s loving kindness,

—fr. Chris, O.P.

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“Hoarded grain rots!”

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Dear Parishioners and Visitors,

As stewards of The Truth, Who is Jesus Christ, we prefer truth to lies, honesty to dishonesty, and compassion over manipulation. Freely and generously given to us, we use the materials of the earth to produce that which is good and promotes, encourages, and nourishes life. Standing and kneeling around the cross with their beloved Jesus’ precious body brutally attached to it while one of the women hugs Jesus close, are those who are good stewards of His full gift of all He is. Jesus was, is, and always will be the paradigmatic steward of all peoples in all the epochs of our human history.

With the tools of Prayer, Serving, and Sharing we use the resources of our growing virtues while abhoring any tendencies toward vice, and detaching ourselves from physical material things. The use of any material things in satisfying the basic human needs of others in their suffering is good and holy. Recall St. Dominic’s wisdom: “Hoarded grain rots!”

In God’s loving kindness,

—fr. Chris, O.P.

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