The gift of God is the gift of love, — quóniam Deus cáritas est – "because God is Love" 2. In fact, this is the very title of our Holy Father's First encyclical. I believe it is so because so much of the nature of love has been lost or obscured to us in a culture of sensuality and death, the sensuality that leads to death on so many levels, and the death that is sensuality on so many levels – and love is the antidote of death.
We keep our money from the poor at the peril of our souls (and we all have excuses ...), we give our refuse to Christ when we toss our useless clothing to the poor; we give "wise" counsel to the needy, but no bread. In a rare paroxysm of magnanimity we even give ourselves!
But do we give God? Do we give Him Who is most necessary to us, Who loves us above the loves of all others? We are made in His image. We can. We can be the face, the hand, the voice, of Jesus Christ to our brother, our sister, needy or not – all cry out for Him in the dark watches of the nights that leach into our lives from every shadow ... sickness, loneliness, grief, death ...
Your money, your clothing, your checks, will never bring them solace ... they will only find it in the face of God ... and you alone can bring it.
Imagine ... you can!
The two words — Jesus Christ — are the most beautiful in the world! And you are ashamed to utter them ... to give God to the world...? Jesus spoke of those who are ashamed of Him in this world ... or perhaps you have forgotten? (St. Matthew 10.33)
1 (Et si distribúero in cibos páuperum omnes facultátes meas, et si tradídero corpus meum ita ut árdeam, caritátem autem non habúero, nihil mihi prodest.) *
2 I John 4.8
3 The Encyclical: "Deus Caritas Est" (2.28.b) and (2.29) January 2006
Totally Faithful to the Sacred Deposit of Faith entrusted to the Holy See in Rome
opera tua ... quia modicum habes virtutem, et servasti verbum Meum, nec non
negasti Nomen Meum”
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