Welcome to our Parish.

Fr. Raymond Gramata,          Pastor

August 30, 2015

From Your Pastor

This week I like to share with you the Corporal Works of Mercy and next week the Spiritual Works of Mercy.  We learned both of them when we were growing up, but by now many of us may not remember what and who they are about.  Both of them have seven points.  Let me list for you now the Corporal Works of Mercy:

To feed the hungry.

To give drink to the thirsty.

To clothe the naked.

To visit the imprisoned.

To shelter the homeless.

To visit the sick.

To bury the dead.

By chance do they sound familiar to you?  They should: “The King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my father.  Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.  For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you visited me….I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25: 311-46)

By its very nature, our faith is a lived out faith.  We are expected to make a difference in the world.  All that our faith is asking us to do is to believe in the Lord Jesus, take His words to heart and then go out and live them.  That is what the Corporal works of mercy is reminding us and asking us to do.  If we do these, we are fulfilling what the church is asking us to do –evangelize by word and action. 

Saint James in his letter today says this:  “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this - to care for orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world.”  (Saint James 1:17-18, 21-22, 27.)

God bless,

Fr. Ray

 

 


 

 

 

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