Every family should have a room where Christ is welcome in the person of the hungry and thirsty stranger. – Saint John Chrysostom
One of the Early Church Fathers, Saint John Chrysostom (349-407 AD) was the Archbishop of Constantinople. He is best known for his preaching and public speaking as well as his denunciation of abuse of authority by both ecclesiastical and political leaders. This is the third post I have shared over the past few days that illustrates his deep concern for the poor and hungry.
In my first post on Chrysostom I shared his statement that feeding the hungry is greater and more powerful than working miracles. He was showing that walking along side the poor and hungry should be an integral part of authentic spirituality. The quote above continues that theme.
Our ministry with those in need must be personal. There is no such thing as “Long Range Compassion.”
Real engagement with the poor means knowing their names as well as their needs. We need a place where Christ is welcome in whatever guise he might take. And the first place to prepare is our hearts. It’s all about loving those around us as much as we claim to love the Lord.