During this holiday season most of us are inundated with requests for money to help the poor. On the altar area there is a Christmas tree with the names of families who can’t afford gifts. We pay for the materially poor in an age of overwhelming prosperity from the name on the tag we take from the tree, to the homeless stopping in at the House of Mercy, to the CMA donation we make for the needy in the diocese. We, the Church, are good at providing charity for the poor.
However today, just as in the time of Jesus, there is another kind of poverty that is so widespread it is like an epidemic. Jesus healed the physically ill like the leper, the blind man, and the cripple. But remember, he also healed on another more important level. Zacchaeus, Matthew, Mary Magdalene, the woman at the well, were all examples of a kind of healing that changed their lives forever. They were healed on a spiritual level.
During this holiday season it is good to remind ourselves with the lavishness of Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping and all the other spending we do, to ask an important question. Let us ask Jesus to heal us of our “spiritual poverty” and change our lives forever.
Remember Jesus said: “feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, and feed my sheep with my word and my promise of salvation.” This Christmas be aware also of the “spiritual starvation” of those around you and try to provide “spiritual sustenance”. See the SOS they may be sending you.
Please share any of your SOS experiences . . .