When I’m leaving a friend after some time together my farewell line is sometimes, “Goodbye and good luck; keep warm and well fed.” That sounds cozy, right? I’m thinking lately that I should perhaps delete it from my list of favorite Scripture quotes in case the person I’m offering this wish to is conversant with the letter of James! In chapter two of this letter the author is really speaking about the interplay of faith and good works. He says:
If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and no food for the day and one of you says to them, “Goodbye and good luck; keep warm and well fed,” but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it? So also faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
Jesus was a great model of compassion and our faith calls us to imitate him where we are able. We certainly cannot solve issues of hunger and lack of shelter single-handedly even in the localities where we live, but we can be aware of both charitable and just means of contributing to solutions especially in the wake of the devastating, widespread storms during this winter. Bolstered by our prayer, may we find a deepened sense of generosity in our outreach to our brothers and sisters in our midst.