A God of the poor
- In a world where all religious institutions functioned to maintain the status quo – to validate and maintain the privilege of those in power – the central story of Biblical faith is God delivering slaves from Egypt.
- In contrast to other ancient legal codes, the Law God gave at Sinai made no distinctions in law between the rich and the poor.
- The Law of God was protective of the weak.
- God declared that he was the guardian of widows and orphans (those with no one to protect them)
- The Prophets excoriate ancient Israel when it fails to do justice.
- Jesus attacks the religious leaders of his day for failing to recognize God’s call to justice and mercy.
- Jesus declared that the commandment that governed all others was the command to love your neighbor.
- With the parable of the Good Samaritan – and in many other ways – Jesus declared that all people are our neighbor.
Lent and the care of the poor
- Charity and Service are key spiritual practices that deepen and enrich our spiritual life and the life of our communities.
Opportunities for Giving in Lent at Los Altos
- Sharing food: On the first three Sundays in Lent we will have pre-filled grocery bags available to donate to our local community through FISH for $20.
(Food and clothing donations are always welcome in the FISH box in the entry)
- Bringing Joy: The last three Sundays int he Lenten season we will gather gifts for Easter Baskets for the children and families at the Fisher House at the VA hospital.
- Providing Shelter: The donations gathered at our soup supper and on Maundy Thursday will be given to The Support Network, a shelter for women and children.