This time of year is known as the “season of giving” for good reason. During Advent, we prepare to welcome Jesus into the world, the greatest gift ever. However, it’s so easy to get caught up in the material side of Christmas and forget what the season is all about.
Early in his papacy, Pope Francis published his “papal mission statement” Evangelii Gaudium, that calls on the rich to help the poor. In this document, the Holy Father outlined how the Catholic Church needs to be reformed into a more missionary and merciful institute that helps those most in need.
In the joyous season of Advent, we are grateful for our many blessings. We are also aware that for many in our community, things are not getting better. We don’t have to look any further than the long lines each day at our OLG Food Pantry to realize that many struggle to get by from day-to-day.
During the Advent and Christmas season, it’s especially important to remember our commitment to a Lord who comes to bring Good News to the poor. It can be tempting to neglect charitable giving as we focus on our own family. But as Christian stewards, we know that this is precisely the time when sacrifice for others expresses our gratitude for the sacrificial gift of Christ to the world. So, what can we do? A few suggestions:
- Make a special Christmas Gift to OLG to help us fund our many ministries, especially those that help the poor.
- Donate to the OLG Food Pantry.
- Contact the parish office for a family in need.
This Christmas, don’t give until it hurts. Give until it feels good!
Tony Cooper-Stewardship and Development