Contributed by Rev. Hai Dinh, Parochial Vicar of Saints Mary & Mathias Parish
Peace, peace, and peace are what we want, work, and hope for in our world, our country, our community, and our families. In his Sermon on the Mount Jesus declared, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.” Pope Paul VI, in his message for the celebration of the Day of Peace, January 1, 1972, said, “If you want peace, work for justice.” Let us work together for justice in the world, especially our community.
What would we do to make justice triumphant in our community? The Corporal Works of Mercy show us seven works that we can do to make our community become stronger and better. “Feed the Hungry – Give Drink to the Thirsty – Shelter the Homeless – Clothe the Naked – Visit the Sick – Visit the Imprisoned – And Bury the Dead.”
Let us hold sacred the rights and dignity of the poor, the homeless, and the sick; always love and treat them as if they were our family members. Do not forget to comfort widows, orphans, and all the abandoned; go with them in their sufferings and meet their needs, and let them know that they are not forgotten. Be charitable in our words and deeds by thinking well of others and speaking well of others, especially those who are different from us.
Be generous with our time, talents, and treasure to support our local charitable organizations, such as Salvation Army, MCSA, Muscatine food pantry, etc. Jesus said, “Whatever you do to the least of your brothers and sisters, you do to me.” God who is loving and merciful will never forget the good words and deeds that we have done for the common good of all. And God will reward us not only in this life but also in the life to come.