The prophet Isaiah reminds us today that what we do to others will be rewarded by our God who sees all. Feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, clothe the naked, then, says Isaiah your wounds will be healed. In our Roman Catholic tradition we recognize these things as the corporal works of mercy. All of us are reminded, time and again in our scriptures, that what we do for the least of our brothers and sisters we do for Christ.
Isaiah was addressing people who were being freed from their oppression. They had just suffered the indignity of slavery and therefore he reminds them to be ever mindful of the needy. In other words, don’t forget where you’ve been and never forget that you are called to practice charity to all.
Food, shelter, and clothing are basic human needs. Without them, people cannot live. Isaiah expects that those who have will share with those who have not. If we do not, the world cannot live at peace.
At Saint Dorothy there are many practical opportunities for this type of charity. For the past two years the parish council has sponsored a coat drive for the needy, our PREP and school students offer baskets of food for the needy at Thanksgiving and at Christmas. We sponsor giving trees during the season of Advent for those less fortunate. Throughout the entire year our Family to Family ministry seeks to serve families in crisis and in need. In all of these areas we are called to let our light shine. We hope and pray that the light of charity continue to shine here among our parish family members for years to come. Remember, in doing so, we shall be healed.