We had our quarterly board meeting for Joseph House of Cleveland last Friday. We have a dedicated group of people who serve on our board, and they strive to do many things in serving refugees, and the local neighborhood with clothing. Joseph House is located at 6108 St. Clair Avenue in Cleveland. We currently have four refugee families who are living in Joseph House. Families from the local neighborhood visit our clothing pantry the days it is open during the week. In 2022, over 1300 local residents made a visit to Joseph House for clothing and over 650 refugees visited to seek clothing.
We have a dedicated group of people from Divine Word that give their time to assist at Joseph House. Much of what they do is hands-on with the people who visit Joseph House. They help those in need pick out the right kind of clothing. Joseph House needs more help. The demand for clothing is always there and has increased over time. I am wondering if anyone from our parish would be willing to help during those hours in which we have people looking for clothes.
I can tell you this, the process of people coming for clothes is well organized. Each person makes an appointment and when they arrive one of the helpers will follow along with the person looking for clothes to make sure they find the right size and fitting. The hours for Joseph House are Wednesday and Friday from 10am- 1pm; Tuesday from noon until 3pm; and one Saturday morning of each month. Please call the parish office if you are interested in assisting with this ministry.
The Beatitudes may be the most recognized section of scripture next to the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus. These famous words from the lips of Jesus reflect his acknowledgment of those who are following him. Of course, the setting is on a mountain often considered in scripture a place where the divine reveals Himself. Jesus, if you can imagine, scanning the vast number of followers and offering these words, “Blessed are the …” The fact he is calling them blessed helps them appreciate that God is with them, when they are meek, mourning, righteous, or even insulted. Jesus even says in these moments you should “rejoice and be glad.”
Many scripture scholars believe this section of Matthew’s gospel is the quintessential preaching moment. Jesus has the perfect words to offer if you take in the context and moment he is facing. The people