Reflections of God's Goodness
As I watch the nightly news, I can only pray, “Lord, have mercy.” Over and over again, “Lord have mercy on those who lost people they love. Lord, have mercy on those who lost homes and everything in them. Lord, have mercy on those who are hurt and frightened by the devastation around them.” I care about the poor and needy, I really do, but the need right now is overwhelming.
I know my prayers are important and I also know that words are not enough. Jesus is very clear. He has given us everything. He tells us the kingdom of God is now, here, in us. He says, “…Build up treasure for yourself that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.” Luke 12:33
What is this treasure Jesus is talking about?
In many ways and in many places in the Scriptures, Jesus tells us that we lay up treasures in heaven when we give ourselves to the service of others in His name.
“Come. You have my Father’s blessing! Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me. I was ill and you comforted me, in prison and you came to visit me.” (Matthew 25:34-36)
We are the hands, feet and voice of God in the world. Jesus showed us how to love and how to serve and He is asking us to follow him. “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35)
Love is an action and God is love, shown in His creation of the world and each one of us. God’s amazing love and generosity toward us calls each one of us His daughter or son. Our response is to love God, connect with Him in prayer, and serve Him through our generosity and service to others.
How often do we think or say, “I value service to people who are poor” or “I’ve always wanted to do more for impoverished people.” Now is the time! The needs are many and so are the opportunities. Make a choice. Give of your time or talent or treasure to help God’s people who are suffering.
Yes, the needs are overwhelming, yet we need only to choose to take one step to help in some way today. Let this be the beginning of backing-up our prayer, “Lord, have mercy,” with our own merciful response to some need.
May God use us, may He gift us with a spirit of generosity, and may we open our hearts and minds to choose our one response today.
Sister Mary Ann Barnhorn
Director of Development
“Then the just will ask Him: 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you or see you thirsty and give you drink? When did we welcome you away from home or clothe you in your nakedness? When did we visit you when you were ill or in prison?’ The King will answer them: `I assure you, as often as you did it for one of my least brothers, you did it for me.'" (Matthew 25:37-40)