But if any one has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?” – 1 John 3:17
As Catholic Christians service is at the heart of what we do because it is what Christ does. In the midst of our busy lives we are called to step outside of our realm of comfort to serve our brothers and sisters. Service comes in many forms. We serve when we help at home without being asked. We serve when we stand outside of an abortion clinic and pray and advocate for the unborn and their mothers and fathers. We serve when we stand up to our friends who are making wrong choices. We serve when we collect shoes and coats for those who have none. Every time we put the needs of another before our own, we serve.
Service is evidence of our Christianity. When we love the Lord, our God with all of our heart, all of our soul and all of our strength and our neighbor as ourself – the result is a desire to reach out to our brothers and sisters in need.
This year Central Catholic is participating in making meals for our homeless brothers and sisters that are staying at the Lafayette Urban Ministry Homeless Shelter in downtown Lafayette. Each night the LUM gives a simple meal and a bed to 35-45 individuals who are in need. Central Catholic is scheduled to provide and serve that meal every first Tuesday of the month.
Theresa Lin enlisted the 8th grade class to take-on this responsibility in October. This is what she writes of their experience:
To this end, the 8th Grade Class took on the first supper in this ministry on October 7th, 2014. The event was a huge success. Twenty plus families sent food or kitchen implements for making beef stew. Another twenty plus families sent toiletries and non-perishable food items for the ongoing ministry at LUM. Dozens of eighth graders and their mothers and fathers helped to prepare and serve the beef stew. I am so proud of the way that our eighth graders embraced this opportunity.
I wish that I could list them all. I would like to acknowledge Adrianna Valle (pictured) who stayed for the whole preparation time and helped to manage the process. I wish also to acknowledge Brendan Puskar and Michael Newcomb for serving the the stew to the thirty-nine homeless souls with grace and a cheerful smile. This part of the ministry went until after 10pm on a school night which, I know, is a lot to ask. Several parents were also helping me in the LUM kitchen late that Tuesday night, but all of the serving was done by Brendan and Michael much to the pleasure of the diners.
The stew itself was delicious, thanks to the excellent taste of Mary Buckley. Thanks again to all of the 8th Graders and their parents for the success of Central Catholic’s first service to the Lafayette Urban Ministry.”
Each of us is called to holiness. Each of us is called to serve. How will we respond to that call?