Charity is touching another with the love of Jesus. But because Jesus has no hands but ours, His mercy, His compassion and His love is mediated through us. We are the instruments of His love.
Charity should begin at home, but it must not end there. In the Gospel of St. Matthew (25:31-46) Jesus reminds us that we must reach out to the hungry, those who thirst, the stranger, the naked, the sick and those in prison. If we are unable or are ill equipped to do that personally, then we should enable those who can. That is the ministry of Catholic Charities of Dallas.
Some are able to give generously of themselves but if we cannot give of ourselves, then we can give of our substance. Gifts to Catholic Charities welcome the stranger, feed the hungry, give hope to the desperate, and bring the compassion, love and mercy of Jesus to the hungry, the immigrant, the homeless, the despairing and the lonely.
Blessed Mother Teresa said “It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” Each of us needs to put a lot of love into our gift to Catholic Charities next Sunday. It is a way of lending Jesus your hands and your heart.