The society in which we are living today is so much struggling with Covid-19. In addition to this crisis, many of our families are struggling with another problem, namely, unemployment. On account of this, many of our families have lost their income and consequently go hungry or suffer from mental health issues. As a Catholic Parish Community, what are we to do?
St. Paul in his letter to the Galatians has written: “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2). As a community, let us take some effort to support those who are suffering.
Showing your concern and love is the call of the time for those who are faced with challenges of life. Even if it may not be possible to support them financially with your own limited income, you could, perhaps, express your concern by praying for them, contacting them as often as you can, connecting them with you and engaging them with your families. Let us listen to what St. James has written in his letter: What does it profit, my brethren, if a man says he has faith but has not works? Can his faith save him? If a brother or sister is ill-clad and in lack of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit?” (James 2:14-17).
Here is what you could do within your financial limitation:
• You could buy them some groceries, or
• You could make a meal for them and deliver to them, or
• Send them relevant job advertisements
You may not be able to get jobs for them, but you could help them carry their cross by surrounding them with your love, prayer, and support.
I know that some of the individual families in our Parish are doing such gracious service and our Parish Family-Life-Committee is rendering service where help is required. I am very grateful to such great and dedicated people. In case you come to know any of our Parishioners suffering from unemployment, please bring it to the knowledge of the Family Life Committee or to my knowledge; we will try to support them.
With God’s blessings, let us live loving one another
Fr. Arul Joseph V.