Feeding Our Neighbors
By Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger
Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Albany is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Throughout its entire existence, providing food for the hungry has been one of the pillars of its Gospel-inspired mission.
Food clearly plays an important role in the Christian narrative. Just one look at the Gospels tells us that. Accounts of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes or the wedding feast at Cana are the obvious examples; but, if we dig deeper, we see subtler, but still significant signs: the words of Jesus to Peter, "Feed my sheep;" and the way the disciples recognized Jesus after His resurrection, in the breaking of the bread.
Of course, the Eucharist itself is the greatest reminder of the importance and necessity of food and nourishment, both physical and spiritual, in our daily lives.
Christians, since the time of the Apostles, have understood that sharing God's love means putting faith into action and making sure those who are hungry receive food.
This article originally appeared in The Evangelist. For the full text, visit www.evangelist.org