Habitat for Humanity

Well, that was cool. And fun. Myself and several other guys from the seminary and Newman College went and helped out for a while with a Habitat for Humanity build. We were working on a 5 unit condo complex. Binh and myself were insulating the basement and stairwell of one complex before we had to leave. Other guys had experience with wiring and electrical codes and they did that; others did carpentry, siding, soffit work, and so on. It was a fun day out, anyway.

One thing kept running through my mind as we were working on this building – a quote from Psalm 127:

If the Lord does not build the house,
in vain do its builders labour;
if the Lord does not keep watch over the city,
in vain does the watchman keep vigil.

In vain is your earlier rising,
your going later to rest,
you who toil for the bread you eat:
when he pours gifts on his beloved while they slumber.

I just had the feeling that, in a sense and totally by the grace of God, were were somehow living that psalm today. I don’t mean to seem arrogant by that; I mean quite the contrary. If it were not for the Lord motivating me/us to do what I/we do, where would I/we be? If not for the God and his action in us, which motivate to reach out to our brothers and sisters in humanity in their need, would there be any meaning behind such work? Would such work even be possible?

Am I making any sense? :-)

Sorry if this is a bit too crazy or theological or whatever… I guess I’m really enjoying how my course in Catholic social teaching is getting me to think about our duty as Christians to reach out to others and the duty of society to set up structures that take care of those who are in need. “Whatsoever you do to the least of my people, that you do to me,” and all that. A couple of weeks ago a few of us went to visit a L’Arche home for a class project. Again, I was amazed and moved by the witness of people who give of themselves for the sake of others and at the same time call forth the unique gifts of those that they serve. I remember the one line of one of the L’Arche people we spoke to: “Jesus said ‘Blessed are the poor in Spirit.’ We are all poor in spirit.” Gospel love goes both ways; it is never self contained because love by its nature is never self contained.

Ok. </sermon> :-)

2 thoughts on “Habitat for Humanity

  1. sounds like you had a pretty good time doing stuff!

    i’ll have to check out the new sjs site and see what new-fangled look you’ve given to it.

    i need to sleep.

  2. Darryl, thank you for that! My middle girl is in her first year at the U of A and she joined the Circle K — they’re working on a Habitat build next weekend! I will make sure she reads this — it will mean a great deal to her.

    :)

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