Why I am catholic – the charities
Billy Preston song goes “Nothing from nothing leaves nothing, ya gotta have something, if ya wanna be with me”
Where would we be, as a community, as a city, as a nation without our charities? With all the politics and occupy a city block for no apparent reason, our charities struggle but continue to provide support for those who ask. You don’t really read about a lot of charity in the bible in the old testament instead you read about outcasts and those who the community have kicked out. (If you have more knowledge in this area please help me out.) But it’s not until Jesus comes along and informs us to take care of them. One of the first things that comes to me is the feeding of the five thousand with two fish and five loaves. If you remember (look if you don’t Matthew 14:13-21) his number of groupies was growing day by day. As He was actually trying to find a solitude place, His apostles told Him to dismiss the crowd so that they would have time to go to various villages or go home to eat and sleep. Here is where Jesus shows why He is the Master and how He uses humor (imo) to lead His apostles. He tells them well why don’t you feed them? ( :0 , I think God likes to laugh with us, remember when in the garden Adam and Eve try to hide and God walks through the garden saying “Where are you?” “come out come out wherever you are!” (we still play hide and seek to this day!)). Well then He feeds the five thousand!
How about when He is ridiculed for eating, talking and basically associating with tax collectors, lepers and prostitutes – the outcasts of the community. But He heals them. He instructs us to feed them. He instructs us to clothe them. And He and His apostles do just this and then they go out and preach this. There is no government mandate to do this.
So when we ask why doesn’t the government do something about the homeless? Why don’t WE do something about the unemployed, the sick and the poor. After all a rich man asked Jesus (Luke 18), “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
Sometimes the simplest thing is the hardest to do.