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Our United “Amen” to God’s Call to Care

August 16, 2011

In our Gospel reading on July 31, Jesus said to his disciples faced with the hungry multitude: “You give them something to eat,” and took what they gave to him and multiplied it so that all were fed. In the first reading on August 14, Joseph said that he saw God’s hand at work in his life, because God had put him in a position to be able to help those suffering from the famine that had gripped the land, among whom were the members of his own family. I believe that God is speaking to us through these words from Holy Scripture, reminding us of our responsibility to help the members of God’s family, our brothers and sisters, who are suffering in the famine in the Horn of Africa.

Our Prayers of the People on Sunday, led by Doreen Peters, challenged us to live out this call. They ended with the following words from Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, which he shared at the 2008 Lambeth Conference:

Let us walk together towards the mountain of the Lord,
Hand in hand,
Bound by a covenant … that turns strangers into friends.
In an age of fear, let us be agents of hope.
Together let us be a blessing to the world.

United in our commitment to respond to this summons, I know that from deep within our hearts, we all say “Amen.”

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