We tend to look outside our walls to ask how we can help. Where are the hungry or homeless in our community? How can we care for those in poverty or prison?
But the works of mercy call us to look closer: to see those around us as Christ, too. Often it’s easier to say we love humanity, but harder to love the human beings in our own home.
In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus spells out exactly where we can find him and how we must serve each other: “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me” (Mt 25:35-36).
This Lent, what corporal work of mercy could you practice at home? Pray for the courage to take the step and ask how God is calling you to love others in body and soul.
To read the 7 ways you could work for mercy at home, click here.