You know…I never thought of myself as rich…and I still don’t. Not until I look around the community…not to mention the world. The newsletter from the Freestore Foodbank in Cincinnati says that for the first time in its history it distributed more than 2 million pounds of food in November. That’s nearly one million pounds more than last November! Between July and November the Freestore Foodbank distributed 8.3 million pounds of food. That compares to 5.1 million pounds of food distributed over the same period last year.
Just yesterday I took part in a service outing to the St. Francis Seraph Soup Kitchen with a group of 8th graders from Our Lady of the Visitation School. There I witnessed many people carrying bags with them that contained all their earthly possessions. After eating…they walked back outside into the freezing cold. I wondered where they would find shelter.
In Matthew 25 Jesus makes it clear that we are all called to reach out to those in need. “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.”
I am in a warm house about to go to the ‘fridge to get a bite to eat. I’ve had wonderful parents, teachers, relatives and friends to support me. I am truly rich. How might I share with those in need?