Sunday, December 9, 2012

HE SPEAKS WITH THE VOICE OF OUR CONTEMPORARIES

Instead of lamenting that we were born 2000 years too late, let us hear--and heed--the one who ever calls to us from within our neighbors. 

“It is no use saying that we are born two thousand years too late to give room to Christ. Nor will those who live at the end of the world have been born too late. Christ is always with us, always asking for room in our hearts…”

But now it is with the voice of our contemporaries that He speaks, with the eyes of store clerks, factory workers, and children that he gazes; with the hands of office workers, slum dwellers, and suburban housewives that He gives. It is with the feet of soldiers and tramps that He walks, and with the heart of anyone in need that He longs for shelter. And giving shelter or food to anyone who asks for it, or needs it, is giving it to Christ. He made heaven hinge on the way we act toward Him in His disguise of commonplace, frail, ordinary humanity."

"Did you give Me food when I was hungry? Did you give Me to drink when I was thirsty? Did you come to see Me when I was sick, or in prison or in trouble? And to those who say, aghast, that they never had a chance to do such a thing, that they lived two thousand years too late, He will say again what they had the chance of knowing all their lives, that if these things were done for the very least of His brethren they were done to Him.”

-- Dorothy Day

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