The 4th week of Advent is upon us already. We are all eager to celebrate the great feast of The Nativity, the Birth of Jesus the Christ.
So far, our “Reverse Advent” Food Pantry Donation has been beyond successful. The generosity of our community is testimony of the nature of who we are as God’s children…we care and we love!
Thank you, one and all, for your thoughtfulness, kindness and consideration. Our efforts make it possible for so many others who come to us, in need and want. What a blessing to be able to lovingly give from the heart.
(Please remember to check expiration dates on canned goods, boxed items and other such perishable items.)
This thought-provoking post from The God Article blog touches on issues we at St Nicholas address through our food pantry. As many of us may remember from when our Holy Innocents Hall was constructed, we were stopped from accepting the donation of commercial-grade appliances for the kitchen by the village. It was thought that the reason for this was to prevent us from offering our space as a homeless shelter or soup kitchen. So this issue also applies to our humble efforts to serve Christ in others.
Read more about the Love Wins story here. Read the Rev. Hugh Hollowell’s personal blog here.
As a Christian, I know Jesus teaches us that we are to offer food to the hungry, to welcome the stranger, to give water to the thirsty — the least of these on the margins of society. But he goes much farther than that. He identifies with the least of these so much so that he says any time there is a hungry, thirsty or ostracized person, that person is Christ himself.
And if we don’t share our food, our water, or our welcome, then we are rejecting the Incarnation of God in this world.
That’s why the incident with Love Wins isn’t only about sharing food with the hungry and homeless. It isn’t just about the larger war on the hungry and the poor being waged in city councils, state houses, and in the federal government.
It isn’t even about the criminalization of homeless people, their advocates, and friends.
It is about the criminalization of Christ.
via Criminalizing Christ: The Love Wins Incident and the Nationwide Targeting of Homeless – The God Article.