Charity for All
Second Sunday of Advent
I will perform a special act of charity today for someone at home, work or school.
by Father Edward McIlmail, LC | Source: Catholic.net
As Christmas draws near, I desire to learn more
deeply your example of humility by coming among us as an infant. I pray that this season rekindles
my sense of hope in your providence.
Jesus, grant me the grace to
grow in the virtue I need to cultivate most.
1. Within Reach:
justice, at the very least. According to the Compendium of the Catechism (no. 381), justice consists
in the firm and constant will to give to others their due. In this passage Saint John the Baptist
points out two levels of justice toward neighbor. In the first level, he tells the tax collectors
and soldiers to be content with the money that comes their way rightfully. The second level goes
further. It demands that we share our surplus with those in genuine need. That surplus could be all
around us: in our closet, our pantry, our checkbook. What could I share with the poor? A saintly
maxim says: Live simply, so that others can simply live.
2. Open to All:
all sorts approach John the Baptist for advice. He responds to them all. They hunger for meaning.
They want to repent. Those same people are with us today. Maybe they are fallen-away Catholics, or
Evangelicals, or Jews, or Muslims, or even atheists. They too seek meaning in their lives. All of
them, whether or not they realize it, seek Christ, who "fully reveals man to man himself" (Gaudium
et Spes, 22). Have I been willing to share that "secret" with others? Are there areas of my life
where I shy away from talking about religion? The office? The mall? The dinner table? John the
Baptist wouldn’t exclude anyone. Would I?
By calling for charity
and justice John wants to prepare the people for the arrival of the Messiah. Without hearts open to
others, they would not be able to accept the robust message of Christ. Charity prepares the heart
for the seed of the Gospel. If ever my relationship with Christ grows cold, I should ask, “How is
my charity? The key to finding myself demands that I look first to serve God and
Conversation with Christ:
Lord, for you, charity is the highest value.
You even spoke
about it the night before your death. "I give you a new
commandment: Love one another as I have loved you,
so you also should love one
another" (John 13:34).
Christmas should enkindle charity in my heart. Let me see
you in every person I meet today.
I will perform a
special act of charity today for someone at home, work or school.
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