Much has been made of the “Don’t feed the homeless” scandal in Florida, and the recent battle to overturn these misguided laws (see Jamey Bennett’s post). But it is that time of year again that we take the time to be thankful for all that we have—and even all that we do not have. Let us contemplate our Life in Christ and how it can be so much richer. One way to fulfill our duties to Christ is to remember those who are less fortunate than us. We can help in a soup kitchen, supply winter coats to the homeless and/or needy. We can donate our time to help the sick, or even just be their friend. We can pick up the tab or help pay a small bill. Sometimes, simply taking the time to say hello and ask how somebody is doing can go a long ways. Remember anything can help those who are struggling through life.
“And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’” Matthew 25:40
Remember also, that though in the fasting periods we are called to increase our almsgiving, we can—and should—help our fellow man in what ever ways we can at all times.
This is going to be a new series called “Triumphant Tuesday.” We will be sharing stories where people have looked beyond the easy-to-do and have instead done what can so often be very difficult: they saw God in their fellow man and decided to help.
Jared Hall is a convert to Orthodoxy and a struggling sinner. He is married to a wonderful, natural-minded, woman and together with their two toddler boys, they are trying to make sense of this world. For this reason he chose St Brendan as his patron. He is a blue collar libertarian and passionate about birth rights, raising backyard chickens, a good scotch, and great conversations. You can follow him on Facebook and Instagram.