The month of serving and helping those in need who were our guests in our parish has ended. I would like to thank each one of you who in one way or another collaborated on this enterprise. I know that everything we give to others, the Lord will give to us in the proper time, but sometimes it happens at the same time. The satisfaction of knowing that we have helped, that the little each one of you have done, is not a drop in the ocean, but really makes a difference to the one who received and to the one who gives.
My greatest appreciation to all of you for your commitment and charity toward those in need. As our guests move to another place, we continue in the service of those who are in need. The works of mercy are not items in our bucket list, things that we do once and are checked, it is something that we need to practice continually, as constantly as we pray. In every time and place, there will always be people who will need your help in different ways: people who will need food, clothing, your company, your care, your time, your ability to listen, and your love because “We have been created for greater things, to love and to be loved,” (Mother Theresa).
I encourage each one of you to continue to help others. There are many ways. If you really think Village House is something that you are called to do, you can continue to help in other churches that sometimes are in need of volunteers. Or you can participate in our parish, helping or becoming part of our Saint Vincent de Paul that helps others with specific needs in our parish.
Whatever you do, remember the words of the Lord: whatever you do for others you do for the Lord (cf. Mt 25:40). Because we are called to be God’s hand, we are called to be the instruments of his love:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.