Care of the Poor: A richer generosity to those in need

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.

“What does the Lord require of you
but to do justice,
and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?”
Micah 6:8

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