We want to see justice in our world, but do we act and speak with justice in our corner? When we encounter the outcast, the lonely, the broken, do we seek justice for them, too?
We want peace, but do we seek peace in our homes and families? With our neighbors? With those who irritate, anger, frustrate, and hurt us?
We’re quick to notice how others offend us, but do we stand and defend others? Do we stand for the forgotten, the helpless, the sinners?
We expect change, but are we active in being the change? Are we bringing glad tidings to those around us?
“Give them food yourselves,” Jesus instructs his disciples in today’s Gospel (Mark 6:34-44). Our feet must literally walk to the wretched and the defenseless. Our hands must reach out to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked. Our time must be offered to visit the imprisoned and patiently instruct the ignorant. Our extra resources can work to shelter the homeless and give drink to those who thirst. Our tongues can counsel those struggling with their faith and forgive easily. And we must always be ready to pray for the living and the dead.
He always provides, but we must cooperate.
The mission of Love has been declared, and we are called to go forth proclaiming this message. The Lord has provided. He has sent you and me to go forth. Just like the disciples in the Gospel, we can take the “food” He blesses and gives us, and then we should pass it on to those around us.The mission of Love has been declared, and we are called to go forth proclaiming this message. Click To Tweet
If you need extra inspiration to perform corporal works of mercy, read the eye-opening accounts of Julia Greeley’s life.
Sarah Ortiz is a Catholic convert, wife, and mother to four boys while living in a 200 year old farmhouse. When not folding laundry, she can be found reading, experimenting in the kitchen, or snagging amazing antique furniture deals. You can find out more about her here.