It has been 2 weeks already since the St. Martin’s Community started the Village House project. It is a great experience for our parish and for each one who takes part in this work of mercy. I would like to thank all those who have organized and coordinated this project, and to the volunteers who help in different ways.
Our Faith moves us to help those in need. Sometimes we don’t know how to help, nor do we know whether the things we are doing to help others are the right things to do. The truth is that in life the only regret is not to help others.
For us believers, our life is set in the Lord and to witness His presence in the world we live. God doesn’t walk among us any more in the way he did when He was alive among us, but at the moment He left, he encouraged us, his church, to continue his work. Through our actions, we become the presence of God in the lives of all those around us. What this community is doing this month is precisely that, having the experience to help, and give others the experience of being helped.
People should be able to see the kindness of God in the hands that helped them, and those who help should find the face of God in those they help. It is of our identity and our vocation. The great question or argument against these acts of Mercy is that with the little we can do, nothing will change. Well that is not correct, because the person we help, even if it is only one, their life is touched by us, and that is a change. The good that we do for others, what we do for the little ones, we do for Christ, and that changes our life forever.
I believe that the worlds of Isiah summarizes the meaning of what this community is doing and the consequences:
Share your bread with the hungry, shelter the oppressed and the homeless; clothe the naked when you see them, and do not turn your back on your own. Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your wound shall quickly be healed… (Is 58:7-8).
It is in helping others that we find the fulfillment of our vocation. It is in doing this that the creed we proclaim with our mouth becomes actions, and became a living testimony of our faith in God.
My most sincere gratitude to all the member of Saint Martin for your involvement, generosity and help in this project to help those in need. I am confident that our Lord will repay each one of you a thousand times.