An opportunity to serve

 

We often hear talk about opportunities, the opportunity to do this or that, and most people will encourage us not to lose those opportunities. While it is true that sometimes an opportunity may arise at another time, we are uncertain that this will happen, that the same possibilities may not present themselves at a future date.

At this point you may wonder: “What opportunity is Father is talking?”  Good question!  It is  the chance to help those in need during the month of February, right here at Saint Martin. It is the invitation to participate in living our faith by caring for those who need us.

Our faith moves us to act. Our love of our neighbor is not an optional part of our belief; neither is it some intangible feeling.  It is a love manifest in our action, in our service, and in our self-denial.

For this reason, I would like to express my gratitude to all of you who have already registered to help in some way or another. I also encourage more of you to participate in this great opportunity to serve others. We need all of you to be involved in this good work.

Sometimes, there are things that we wonder whether we should do or not.  In this case, the only thing you can lose is the opportunity.

Toward the end of the Gospel of Matthew, there is a statement that Jesus will pronounce, or questions He will ask us about our concern for others:

For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you took Me in, I was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you looked after Me, I was in prison and you visited Me. (Mt 25:35-36).

 

We will need to be ready to answer: “Yes, Lord, I did this, because when we do this for the least of our brothers and sisters, we do it for You.”

We will have guests in our parish, guests who need our time, our dedication, and our care. Please do not let this opportunity pass you by. Participate in the Saint Martin’s Village House Project!  Thank you.

 

Fr. Sergio