Give of yourself during this Year of Mercy
Every time that you do give of your time, talent and/or treasure, you give mercy to another individual in need. Think about it: When you give your time at a food bank or homeless shelter, your mere presence tells those in need that someone cares about them. When you give of your talent, for example, in tutoring children, you give mercy, because you believe that the tutored child should have a brighter future. When you give of your treasure, you give mercy because you believe that no one should go hungry or without shelter and clothing. Your money goes to meet someone else’s need.
In this Year of Mercy we are given ample opportunity to extend mercy to others. Take every opportunity presented and make it an offering to Christ. Throughout this Jubilee Year of Mercy, I will provide some posts (about one or two per month) dedicated to sharing with you opportunities for ways in which you can extend mercy toward others. For this month’s post, I focus on the corporal acts of mercy to feed the hungry and give drink to the thirsty. You might achieve completion of these two acts of mercy by doing any of the following:
- Donate your time at your local food pantry/bank. A few hours donated, within a single day, will make a difference in the lives of others.
- Purchase some groceries and drop them off at your local food pantry/bank.
- When your grocery store has one of those buy one, get one free offers on bottled water, or other non-perishable item, donate the free item to your food bank, or local homeless shelter.
Be merciful. Give of yourself via acts of mercy, for “blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy” (Matt 5:7).