“I was thirsty and you gave me drink”

Bread for myself is a material question.
Bread for my neighbor is a spiritual one.
— Nikolai Berdyaev

As the Fall academic year begins, my schedule is increasing pace. I will do my best over the next weeks to post. As ever, a heartfelt thank you to all who read and comment here. Though I only respond to comments periodically, please know that every single one is cherished and reflected on. In the meantime, may we all acquire the “perspective” of Christ in our every endeavor.

The Church to this day carries out her work for the poor,
in whom she sees Christ, and she constantly hears
echoing in her heart the command
of the Prince of Peace to his Apostles:
“Give them something to eat yourselves” (Lk 9:13).
Faithful to this summons from the Lord,
the Christian community will never fail, then,
to assure the entire human family of her support
through gestures of creative solidarity,
not only by “giving from one’s surplus”,
but above all by a change of life-styles,
of models of production and consumption,
and of the established structures of power
which today govern societies.
I extend to every disciple of Christ
and to every person of good will
a warm invitation to expand their hearts
to meet the needs of the poor
and to take whatever practical steps are possible
in order to help them.
The truth of the axiom cannot be refuted:
“to fight poverty is to build peace.” – Pope Benedict XVI

A friend of mine sent me this one minute video last winter, with the comment:

Hey Tom,

…It’s all about perspective isn’t it? For me, for whatever reason as I watched this video that little child held up in my face [a person in my life] who is right in front of me, starving for my attention. And I’ve totally been blind to him while caught up in my work. My God. How does that happen?

Also, seeing that awful sight of the starving boy walking toward the camera makes me think of Levinas’ ‘imperative of the face’ — in my neighbor’s face is etched God’s commandment: love me! God bless that woman for obeying.

…How about you? What do you see?

One comment on ““I was thirsty and you gave me drink”

  1. Denise says:

    You always provide us food for thought and meditation. Thank you for finding the time to post when you are able because many of us read every post but rarely comment. Just want you to know your wisdom and thoughts are being read. May God continue to bless your family and your work teaching future priests.

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