|»PL||My dear parishioners...|
"Dear addressees of the Word of God.
In the fragment of the Gospel you just heard the apostles
were worried. Nighttime had come, the gathered crowd was tired and hungry,
far from their homes, and Jesus was still teaching. Upon hearing that
the people should be sent home, Jesus said: "They do not need to
leave; You give them something to eat". Jesus's words surprised and
perplexed his disciples. How were they to find food for five thousand
men, not counting the women and children, on the dessert?
Someone could say: "Well, yes, Jesus fed the people
because he performed a miracle. If I had the same power I would also feed
crowds. I would not only take care of the hungry in my vicinity, but also
those in the entire country. In Africa and the entire world. I would also
give everyone free access to medication and perform other wonderful miracles".
Isaac's words would thus come true: "Acquire without money and without
There are millions of Jesus's disciples living in plenty.
They can help at least one person in need. If everyone helps one person
then together, just like Jesus's disciples, we can feed crowds. We can
perform miracles. As Jesus's disciples we can do greater things than that
miracle. Jesus fed thousands of people, we - as a church community - could
feed millions. As a church community, and especially a human community,
we have great potential. Although all that is expected of us is to help
By sharing what we do not need we do not show love. But even such help is valuable. Especially in the case of the wealthy, small financial aid is the most convenient form of support. It is not a great sacrifice and does not require engaging in the life of another. But we cannot treat others as a necessary evil or an animal to which we throw what remains on our plates. Every person deserves more than mere existence: every person also deserves our love. The commandment states "Love thy neighbor". An act of help, small or great, has to flow from the heart, and not be just soulless charity. Jesus preached the gospel about salvation through God and disclosed the present-day needs of his listeners. It hurt him that they were living in sin but it also hurt him that they were hungry. The gospel takes on its full form when we care for the salvation of others and simultaneously about his everyday needs. The sincerity of caring for the salvation of others as voiced by Jesus is confirmed in our care for everyday needs of others. How can someone preach the gospel if he is not interested in the fate of others? No one would listen to him. Those who came to hear Jesus were sure that he truly cared about them. It seems that currently people foremostly need to be kept alive. An epidemic of hunger, poverty, the result of human heartlessness, is causing our brothers and sisters in Poland and throughout the world to live in great need. Or even die. While we are capable of helping them. Everyone to the extent of their possibilities. No one may sidestep the obligation to help the hungry or the homeless. Especially in their own vicinity. It is proof that we have taken the commandment to help our neighbor to heart. Government aid is important but we shouldn't wait until the government builds shelters, dining halls or organizes charity events. Many of those in need of our help might not live to see these things. Christ's love commands us to act quickly and forces us to help those in need right not, this instant, not tomorrow. Tomorrow might be too late. Government aid is important, but so is sensitivity. This sensitivity drives us to help right now. The Wisdom of Sirah tells us: "do not keep needy eyes waiting". Do not keep the needy waiting! If you see that someone is hungry - help him! If you see him in need of clothing - clothe him! Help him to the extent that you can. Do not wait until he comes to you. If you know where he lives - go out and meet him. We often hear the excuse: "It's a government matter… Charity organizations should take care of the problem…". If we leave the obligation solely in the hands of governments and charities we are smothering love for our neighbor who needs help right now and who we have been commanded to help by God. The commandment to love our neighbor is not directed solely to those in the government and in charity organizations - but to each and every one of us. We should thus take a look around. Let everyone help one other person survive or get out of a difficult situation. As a society of those who love in plenty we can minimize the problem. Millions of hearts can help solve local problems to the same extent and governments and organizations. We interact with those in need directly. We know where they live and what they lack. And we can help those in greatest need at once. Not in a while. Let us keep our eyes and hearts wide open. Jesus is speaking to us now: "You can feed them". And adds: "You are capable of sacrifice. You are capable of love!". Sharing with others is a sacrifice, we must give part of ourselves. But it is the test of Christian and human maturity. Brothers and sisters - do not complain about the current situation in the country and the world, let's show them, through our actions, that we are different. Who does not help others has no right to criticize the current situation. As by doing nothing we subject ourselves to criticism. We are not following the most important commandment: "Love thy neighbor and sincerely care about his fate". And love obligates us to reach out with the initiative. To find a person in need and see what he or she needs.Jesus fed a thousand hungry people with a miracle. We do not have supernatural powers but as a human community, a community of Christ's disciples, we can do even more. It would be enough if each of us helps one person - and we will feed millions, not thousands. We will perform greater miracles than Jesus. It is necessary to become personally involved in the matters of those in need - with a brotherly love flowing straight from the heart. This is our Lord's fervent plea: "Feed the hungry, feed your brothers and sisters". Do not wait for a miracle from heaven. Learn to love. Let each of us help at least one person in need of our aid. And prove that he truly sees him as a brother; sees her as a sister.