This year, Gesu Parish has embraced a Corporal Works of Mercy theme. Each month, the parish will select on a different issue and provide activities for you and your family to incorporate into your daily lives. (Click here to read more about Gesu's Year of Mercy and their annual One Book, One Parish selection Mercy in the City, by Kerry Webber)
May - Give Drink to the Thirsty
In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus tells us that feeding the hungry and giving drink to the thirsty are the benchmarks for our final judgement. “Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom...for I was hungry and you gave me food, thirsty and you gave me drink…whatever you did for one of the least of my brothers, you did for me” (Mt 25:34-35a, 40). At the most basic level we are called to perform the corporal works of mercy. This is nothing abstract or metaphysical – we are called to feed those who are hungry and quench those who thirst. There is no qualifying aspect to this command. We are commanded to feed and care for those in need without judgement or critique.
Similarly, we are told to give drink to the thirsty. While it certainly means giving drink to those without, as Christians we are also called to approach it on a deeper level. Jesus called to those who would believe “Let any man who thirsts come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as scripture says, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from within him’” (Jn 7:37-38). This was a promise of the Spirit that Jesus would send to those who believe. We are called to bring this flowing, living water - the Spirit - to others. Water flows and enters into spaces through the tiniest cracks and crannies. Flowing water wears down even the grandest mountain, gradually eroding craggy surfaces into smooth layers; the flowing waters of Christ wear down the resistance and fears of the doubtful, leaving peace and calm. Pour yourself on those who are friendless, marginalized or lonely. Give drink to the thirsty by welcoming the outsider, the newcomer, and the foreigner. Be the mercy of God by thanking, complementing and encouraging those who are underappreciated or ignored. Claim your inheritance by living the corporal works of mercy.
What does Gesu Parish do?
- Gesu Catholic School students will be Hiking for Hunger on May 21. These are some of the Feeding the Hungry/Giving Drink to the Thirsty agencies Gesu’s Food Fund supports: Greater Cleveland Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, Westside Catholic Center, St. Pat’s Hunger Center, and Our Lady of Peace Food Pantry. Please look for more details on page 8 of the bulletin and support our hikers!
- VOLUNTEER AT THE SHAKER LAKES NATURE CENTER!
Saturday, May 22, 9:00-11:00 am
Gesu’s volunteer group will plant some native plants/shrubs throughout their habitats. The Nature Center will provide the tools, including gloves if needed. We are asked to wear masks/face coverings while assembled as a large group. Children age 6 and up are definitely welcome, but expected to be working alongside a parent/guardian under their supervision. Register here >
The deadline to register is May 13 to allow the Nature Center to prepare for our group. Contact Amy Zucca, with questions.
What can you do?
Educate yourself on water and environmental issues. Here are some good resources:
• Alliance for the Great Lakes, greatlakes.org, works to protect our most precious resource, the Great Lakes, and organizes Adopt-a-Beach which coordinates beach cleanups and signups. Visit: adopt.greatlakes.org/s/find-a-cleanup.
• Drink Local Drink Tap: drinklocaldrinktap.org. They specialize in deep boreholes and gravity-fed tap systems mainly at schools, of which water sources serve the community as well.
• The City of Cleveland offers water conservation tips: www.clevelandwater.com/blog/save-money-these-summer-water-tips