Quoting from Matthew (25: 31-45),"I was hungry and you fed me, naked and you clothed me. . ." Fr. Michael Champagne, CJC, drew a comparison with the work of St. Teresa of Calcutta. Fr. Champagne was the guest speaker at the September meeting of Food for the Journey, a monthly luncheon sponsored by the Central Deanery. He offered congratulations on this 12th anniversary of Food for the Journey.
Emphasizing the appropriateness of the text from Matthew in this Jubilee year of Mercy, Fr. Champagne said the corporal works of mercy are "valuable tools" for doctors, prison chaplains and others in similar work. Companion to the works of mercy is the need to evangelize, he pointed out. "The Church exists to evangelize," he said and noted there are three kinds of evangelization.
The first kind is in attending Mass with the closing exhortation to go and announce the Good News. The second is for those who believe, to go deeper into the faith. The third is to reach out to former Catholics or the unchurched, "like the lost sheep, to bring them into the fold."
The first two kinds of evangelization are important, but during the recent flooding there were many opportunities for the third way, to reach out to those in need, "expressing the love of God in our hearts," Fr. Champagne noted. “People need to see the Gospel with skin on it. We have to live our faith for others to see it and desire it," he explained.
"The Church's mission is to unite us to God," he said. "Jesus gave us Himself in the Eucharist to fulfill our desire for Him."
In conclusion, Father Champagne emphasized again the example of St. Teresa carrying out the works of mercy.