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The corporal works of mercy consist especially in feeding the hungry sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned and burying the dead. The spiritual and corporal works of mercy are charitable actions by which we come to the aid of our neighbor in his spiritual and bodily needs..
Everyone is obliged to perform works of mercy, according to his own ability and the need of his neighbor. It is important to remember that ordinary deeds done every day to relieve the corporal and/or spiritual needs of others are true works of mercy, if done in the name of Christ. Remember it is also Christ we are ministering to. “Whatever you do to one of these…you do to me!” (Matthew 25:40)
CORPORAL WORK OF MERCY GIVE DRINK TO THE THIRSTY
These days we do not meet many thirsty people by the roadside, as the early Christians did. But supporting “clean water” policies to insure that there will be clean water for future generations to drink is one way to give drink to the thirsty in our context.
Nearly 1-billion people lack access to a supply of safe water. More than 3.4 million people a year die from water-related diseases. We are moved when we see people suffering because they lack the essentials and basic food items. An essential element that we should never be without is water. Lack of it is the road to death
This work of mercy is primarily about a precious, life-giving and life-sustaining resource, WATER. that is often abused. Our world has a grave social debt toward the poor who lack access to drinking water.
This debt can be paid partly by an increase in funding to provide clean water and sanitary services among the poor. But, water continues to be wasted, not only in the developed world, but also in developing countries that possess it in abundance.
Do we truly value and attempt to share the precious resource of water with those who are in need? When we do so, we obey Christ, and we imitate Him — the one who gives the “living water” that flows from within and gives eternal life.
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Catechism of the Catholic Church
“The works of mercy are charitable actions by which we come to the aide of our neighbor in his spiritual and bodily necessities. The Corporal works of mercy consist especially in feeding the hungry ,giving drink to the thirsty, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned, and burying the dead.” – (2447)… I was thirsty and you gave me no drink…(Matthew 25:42)
“To Give Drink to the Thirsty is an ethical imperative for the universal Church, as she responds to the teachings of her Founder, the Lord Jesus Christ, concerning solidarity and the sharing of goods. The right to food and drink has an important place within the pursuit of other rights, beginning with the fundamental right to life.
It is therefore necessary to cultivate a public conscience that considers food and water as universal rights of all human beings, without distinction or discrimination”(Pope Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate, 27).
One of the main places from where the list of the Works of Mercy comes from is found in the Gospel of Matthew Ch. 25: “Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.‘”
.In the Bible, thirst is, in addition to being a physiological need, a sign of our need for God. In Psalm 63 you find this: “O God, you are my God, it is you I seek! For you my body yearns; for you my soul thirsts, in a land parched, lifeless, and without water.” The water that quenches our thirst comes to symbolize God Himself
“…whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14 (Woman at the well)
Let us give drink to those who thirst. It is Jesus himself who we are helping. And may we help especially all those who thirst for the living God.
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