Our readings this weekend are challenging. They point out that one day we will be called to present to God an accounting of our stewardship, the ways in which we used our time, talent, and treasure for His Kingdom.
This weekend is a good reminder of our call to arms in both the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy. Part of our stewardship of the life God gives us is by how we give it away to those who need it the most.
The Spiritual Works of Mercy are:
- To instruct the ignorant. This work of mercy means all of us are called to share and teach the faith passed on to us.
- To counsel the doubtful
- To admonish the sinner
- To bear wrongs patiently
- To forgive offenses willingly
- To comfort the afflicted
- To pray for the living and the dead
The Corporal Works of Mercy are:
- Feed the hungry
- Give drink to the thirsty
- Clothe the naked
- Shelter the homeless
- Visit the sick
- Visit the imprisoned
- Bury the dead
We have many opportunities for both the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy in our own parish and communities. We have the Hudson Ministerial Association and Food Pantry, and the Food Pantry at St. Mary on the Lake. We have parishioners who visit and bring Communion to the homebound. On a regional level, we have Catholic Charities and all of their good work.
The Diocese of Lansing is hosting a “Welcome the Stranger Among Us” Conference – Pastoral Care of Immigrants on Friday, October 11th from 8:30-3:30. For more information or to purchase a ticket, please go to this website: https://www.eventbee.com/v/welcomethestranger#/tickets
I know it can seem daunting when we see a list like this. Don’t be discouraged! See if the Holy Spirit is nudging you on one or more of them and then say yes. Such is to be a good steward of this life Jesus gives us.