Courage to Open Our Hearts

And whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.
— Matthew 10:42 (NRSV)

Beloved in Christ,

Recently, I’ve found myself overwhelmed by bad news. The news and the daily stress of living our lives might make us want to crawl back into bed and hide under the covers… or maybe that’s just me?  In these times, it’s easy to shut down the bad news and ignore the struggle of our neighbors — near and far.  I think this is a normal reaction.  The question is can our faith give us the courage to open our hearts to the suffering of humanity?  I think when we root ourselves in private prayer and communal worship, we can do amazing things together, in the name of Jesus Christ!

There is currently a case in Arizona where four church volunteers are facing jail time for leaving water and beans for migrants who might otherwise die from dehydration in the desert.  We can of course disagree on immigration policy — but the decision to jail church volunteers for giving water to thirsty people seems antithetical to the gospel.  It is reminiscent of various cities that have arrested volunteers who give out free food to the homeless.  

When I read stories like this, it’s easy for me to grow discouraged and “hide under the covers”.  However, as an Episcopalian, I am called to a more faithful response. Rather than falling into despair, I can look around and find ways that I can help here in Princeton.  And so, I thought in that spirit, I’d provide a few upcoming opportunities to love our neighbors: 

  • Visits to Immigration Detention Center — Seminarian Intern Micah Cronin and up to 2 volunteers will go with the Reformed Church of Highland Park to visit men detained at the Elizabeth Detention Center. They will leave Trinity at 5pm. Volunteers can expect to be home by 11pm.

  • Serve a meal at Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, Thursday, February 7 — Micah and up to 3 volunteers will leave Trinity at 2:45 to help serve dinner at TASK from 3:15-4:50. They plan to return by 5:30 or 5:45pm.

  • Valentines for Food, Arm in ArmTrinity is collecting nonperishable food items until February 17.

  • Absalom Jones Service of Witness to Black Ministry, February 10, 3pm-5pm —Bishop Stokes has encouraged our attendance at a service honoring the life and work of The Rev. Absalom Jones at Trinity Cathedral in Trenton. 

Together, we can do amazing things for Jesus Christ!  



Br. Chris McNabb, O.S.F.