“I was hungry, and you gave me food, I was thirsty, and you gave me something to
drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked, and you gave me clothing, I
was sick, and you took care of me, I was in prison, and you visited me” Matt 25: 35-36.
These verses from Matthew's gospel on the Judgment of the Nations are the focus of my two weeks of ministry experience with Catholic Street Missionaries. It is a beautiful
experience that continues to help me grow humanly and spiritually. Humanly, because
this experience allows me to see my fragility as a human being and to continue to show
solidarity with the most vulnerable people. Spiritually, this experience strengthens my
Christian faith while discovering the face of Christ in people who are suffering.
The homeless are often rejected and forgotten by society. However, they also need to
be listened to, they also have a story to tell us, to tell me. So, spending time with them is
helping them to regain their human dignity, it is making them feel that they are also
children of God, and that God loves them all without any condition.
As mentioned at the beginning, when we welcome a homeless person, we are
welcoming Jesus himself who lives in them. I thank God for this experience that I am
living with all the staff of Catholic Street Missionaries. The hours of outreach, the visits
to the hospital, the time spent with each homeless person allows me once again to be a
man for others, a servant of Christ who himself served the poorest.
I hope that this experience will continue to influence my Christian life and make me
more dedicated to serving the most vulnerable. Thank you to all the staff of Catholic
Street Missionaries who accompany me in this ministry, especially to the president
Mildred Moy. May God continue to bless you every day so that your work will be more
fruitful. May God bless every homeless person, every sick person that we visit so that
they may have hope for a better future.