Giving Alms is the Mercy of God in our Midst Today, by Sr. Janet Bucher
The Mercy of God is upon us! Giving alms to the poor, reaching out to those less fortunate, “procuring all sorts of relief” for those in need can make us the active hand of Providence, of our God’s mercy in our struggling, hurting world today! Filling a material need for someone in needs goes back to Mosaic Law and what was lived out in the early Christian community.
The Mercy of God is upon us, within us as we share what we have and Become His Mercy, his Hand in our world.
A KNOCK AT THE DOOR –
The Mercy of God is found as we give “alms” in outreach of whatever form, to those in need and it is here I find the presence of Jesus in our midst.
I have never ceased to be amazed by the way Providence provides for Our Savior Parish and for the needs we are able to help with -- a donation, a check appears “out of the blue”, groceries for the pantry. Indeed I am touched by the Mercy of God, Providence!
At Christmas time Our Savior Parish packed baskets of “goodies” and went caroling to some community elders, touching a dozen or so elders with the love and mercy of God.
Yes, we are called to “STRIVE TO PROCURE ALL SORTS OF RELIEF FOR THE POOR” (Directory p. 97.) If I have “neither silver or gold”, I give what I have and here I find Jesus in the Other.
The Mercy of God is Within us!