For Christians, the cross is a powerful symbol of our faith. It reminds us not only of Jesus’ death, but of His life, and the impact He has in our world today. His death was so much more than the ending of a human life; it was a new beginning for all of us. Truly, His love never ends.
As Christians we are all called to have a passion for Christ – to live our faith following His example. But at some point, every Christian asks the question, “Where can I find Him?” The answer can be found in Mathew 25 when Christ says: “When you do it for the least of my brethren, you do it for me.” Every time we serve someone in need, we catch a glimpse of His face. We see Him in the faces of ragged little children, men with broken spirits, elderly grandmothers and grandfathers.
At one time or another, we all have a “cross to bear” – whether it’s a financial setback, poor health or the loss of a loved one. The Easter Season is a good time to reflect, not only on the crosses we have to bear throughout life, but also on the many blessings that God has given us.
For many of the homeless, life itself has begun to seem like a burden. When every day is a struggle just to survive, it would be so easy to give up. But so often, in the darkest hour of need, someone extends a helping hand, shining the bright light of Christ into a life that is almost at the breaking point. Over 2000 years after His resurrection, our Vincentian Family is continuing Christ’s ministry.
Poverty is hunger and hopelessness, despair and desperation – but there is always hope. As Christians, we are called to answer the cry of the poor.
We are all God’s instruments, and we become the living body of Christ when we reach out to the least among us.