I was reading the scripture for this coming Sunday and realized that our community at the Hope House can really relate to this Sunday’s second reading…
Brothers and sisters:
As you excel in every respect, in faith, discourse,
knowledge, all earnestness, and in the love we have for you,
may you excel in this gracious act also.
For you know the gracious act of our Lord Jesus Christ,
that though he was rich, for your sake he became poor,
so that by his poverty you might become rich.
Not that others should have relief while you are burdened,
but that as a matter of equality
your abundance at the present time should supply their needs,
so that their abundance may also supply your needs,
that there may be equality.
As it is written:
Whoever had much did not have more,
and whoever had little did not have less.
Friends and strangers are supplying our needs with abundance! Not a day goes by without a phone call (or two or three) from people who are enthused to be a part of the Hope House and offering donations, services, and support. It is evident that the generosity that spills over from our friends and acquaintances comes from a desire to reflect the “gracious act of our Lord” and we could not be more grateful to them.
Indeed, the vision for the Hope House is catching on: a vision that sees the Hope House as a place of abundant love and generosity spilling over into the wider Back of the Yards neighborhood, fostering hope and rooting itself in mutual relationship.
To all our friends: thank you for witnessing to God’s rich abundance! We look forward to continuing this journey alongside you all!