November 22, 2021

The Envelope. When the mail arrived, she spent the morning going through paper requests to save the whales, the rainforests, the elephants, and the wooly mammoth. Then there were the human elements of helping war veterans, victims of natural disasters, victims of war-torn countries, and on and on it went. She read the brochures enlisting her aid. Her melancholic spirit floated in a cloud of sorrow.

Then, touched by forlorn looks of photos depicting sadness concretized in the victims’ eyes came the existential guilt. Solving world poverty has no solution.

“You always have the poor with you….” So, it’s not about the solving per se. The lesson is in the actions of the “poor widow putting in two small coins.” She gives from her poverty to help others. She certainly would understand, for they are joined together; others have given from their surplus, making little connection with those in need.

Speaking of those in need, we turn to another context. From John 12, Jesus adds: “You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”

Above all else, our attention in everything we do, say, and think, we have before us God’s ultimate sacrifice to give us the lesson to give to those in need. We, “Do this in memory of me,” not only to bring the great Passover event to our altar but to live out this sacrifice, this mercy, this love that Jesus has shown us throughout his life.

So, when the mail comes, and the petitions begin, forget the guilt. We are not asked to lose our bank accounts but to give in love and generosity as Jesus has done for us. In the giving and the receiving, we connect with them and with our God. Breath in the sacrifice that God has made for us and breathe out that gift to others.

Let Us Pray:

They suffer. I suffer. They have painful losses. I have their loss. Their catastrophe is also mine. They die. I die. And I, dear Lord, ask for help to give them help. Amen.


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About Joe McCormack

Joe McCormack is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament and a parishioner at St Paschal Baylon Church in Cleveland, Ohio.