By Roger Winship
The Christian journey is meant to be joyful and Jesus delivers this message throughout the New Testament. We get there in part by coming together through the ministry of Kenilworth Union Church and Christian outreach, as in Psalm 37:3–4, “trust in God, do good always, feed on his faithfulness, delight in the Lord, and he will see to the desires of your heart” and Proverbs 22:9 “Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed for he shares his bread with the poor.”
If we strive for righteousness our needs and concerns will be fulfilled, which requires following Jesus. The best way to know Christ is through the eyes of the suffering, and we can only hope that we are able to answer the call when it comes. Then and only then will we truly enter the kingdom of God, that place of abundance where every generous gift and act transcends its original bounds by becoming part of the unlimited love and grace of God at work in the world.
When Jesus fed the 5,000 people with only five loaves of bread and two fish he showed us how God‘s love can multiply the effects of our generosity. So let us follow Paul in Philippians 2:3–4, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others better than ourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests but to the interest of others,” and come together in contributing to the food drive supporting St. Sabina’s outreach.
Finally, as we reflect on this call to serve, let us think of Philippians 4:4–8, “Rejoice in the Lord…. Let your tenderness be known to all, the Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
 2 Corinthians 9:10–15