By Father Christopher Kubat
“I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me” (Mt 25:36).
“Truly, I say to you as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me” (Mt 25:40).
Just days ago, a young man came to the office and asked to see me. He was recently released from jail and was homeless.
During his incarceration, he was visited by a religious sister on a weekly basis. Being a lifelong Catholic, he was glad to have a sister visit him. Since he opened his heart in a humble manner and was touched by the Holy Spirit, he asked and received the sacraments and started reading the spiritual books he received from the good sister. This carried him through the tough time he spent behind bars.
While on the street, he has continued to advance in the spiritual life. This particular sister instructed him to seek me out after his release. I will never forget his polite greeting when we met that chilly morning.
This was after a cold night on the streets. He said he sat outside our front door most of the night. His only interruption was by the police who were chasing a suspect who stole a car. He apparently fit the initial description. Once the officers saw his face, they knew he was not the auto thief. After visiting and praying together in our chapel in front of the Blessed Sacrament, he verbalized two major concerns.
He was happy because he found a job and a place to stay, but could not move in for another day. He did not think he could stay another night outside in the cold.
Because of the generosity of our donors, we were able to put him up for one night in a nearby motel, and we gave him some clothing. This was sorely needed for he did not have a change of clothes. We also were able to give him food from our pantry.
The man’s other concern was learning where he could easily go for Sunday Mass with a bus pass. After leaving our office with these two needs met, he was in peace.
As we continue to celebrate the definitive victory over sin and death by Jesus Christ this Easter season, please let me relay my deepest gratitude to our supporters who volunteer their time doing jail ministry; those who sort material items such as clothes; and those who support us financially so we are able to assist the many individuals and families who come to us in crisis. The story related above is just one of the countless stories that could be told.
Our prayer at Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska is that you will continue to have a blessed Easter Season and beyond.