Message from the Pastor
Bulletin Issue: May 21, 2017
This week's column is written by Kate Tromble, Pastoral Associate for Social Justice
Each year, Bread for the World, a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad, conducts an offering—not an offering of money, but an offering of letters. This weekend, Holy Trinity is participating in this offering.
It is an opportunity for us, as Christians, to live today’s teachings that “it is better to suffer for doing good if that be the will of God, than for doing evil” and that “whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me.” God’s greatest commandment was to worship God and love thy neighbor as thyself.
Jesus taught us to love each other by doing as he did: by being compassionate to all people, especially the widow, the orphan, the stranger, hungry people, poor people. Those must vulnerable in society. Jesus loved all people rich and poor and actively cared for those in need. He urged his disciples to do the same. As followers of Christ, we are called to proclaim and embody God’s reconciling love at all times an in all places.
Holy Trinity answers that call in a number of ways. We feed the hungry, we help vulnerable mothers provide for the children, and we accompany a refugee family. All of these individuals and families rely on governmental hunger programs to survive.
For instance, several of our parishioners just spent months ensuring that the Cheikhos received their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, also known as food stamps) funding so that the family could have food to eat. Other parishioners work with single mothers and children at the Northwest Center. Almost all of those mothers receive Women Infants and Children (WIC) dollars to buy nutritious food and milk for the babies.
Hunger touches all of us and the people we as a parish care deeply about. So we should ask ourselves, what would it take to realize God’s vision for a world in which everyone, including those we work with, has enough? We have the resources now to feed all people, but we need the political will to make it happen.
Our nation’s leaders have the ability to craft policies that establish pathways out of hunger and poverty for our sisters and brothers at home and abroad. This is God’s vision. But leadership must come from God’s people—you and me.
Today’s Offering of Letters is an opportunity for us to live out this commitment. It invites us to be good stewards, using our voices to encourage our elected representatives to take the necessary steps to end hunger. Please consider participating in the offering of letters. There will be a table outside of church where you can get more information and sign a letter.