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Charity Begins at Home

Charity Begins at Home
From the Stewardship Today Archives: February 2012


We’ve all heard the adage regarding a shoemaker and his children’s bare feet:

A roofer’s house needs shingles, a mechanic’s car boasts an unaddressed rattle, a dentist’s children need dental care, and a cobbler, though blessed to provide footwear for a great many loyal customers, goes home after a long day in the shop to sons and daughters who have no shoes. Fodder for a fairy tale, the notion may serve a storyteller’s purposes, but it seems offensive on its face. It is. When St. Paul described the ideal church leader, he repeatedly stressed the example of those who meet the needs of their own families first. An initial question we consider when asking how well people might minister in the Church is how well they handle their domestic responsibilities.

Jesus didn’t overlook this key principle as he set about establishing his earthly ministry. St. Mark recorded one of his first miracles, the healing of St. Peter’s mother-in-law. We pick up the story from the first chapter of his Gospel account. “On leaving the synagogue he entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John. Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever. They immediately told him about her. He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up. Then the fever left her and she waited on them.”

“When it was evening, after sunset, they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons. The whole town was gathered at the door. He cured many who were sick with various diseases, and he drove out many demons, not permitting them to speak because they knew him.” Jesus ministered to Simon Peter and his family, then he addressed the needs of those in the surrounding community—all those who made a modest but eventful pilgrimage to their home.

The following morning, even as the disciples seemed to suggest the value of establishing a lasting presence there, Christ reminded them of his greater mission. “He told them, ‘Let us go on to the nearby villages that I may preach there also. For this purpose have I come.’ So he went into their synagogues, preaching and driving out demons throughout the whole of Galilee.” His ministry journeys took him from one end of the land to the other, concluding in Jerusalem with his crucifixion, resurrection and ascension. In a real sense, his ministry began at home, carried through the surrounding areas, and was then spread by his followers “to the ends of the earth.” Faithful Catholic missionaries took the Gospel to the four corners of the globe, but their work began in Galilee. After all, charity begins at home.

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