“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.”
This Daily Cup is a thank you to the many parishioners of St. Alban’s parish who regularly contribute to Water-into Wine. We started “water-into-wine” as a means to collect free-will offerings for various causes from parishioners. From a specifically theological and sacramental perspective turning water into wine is a matter of ordinary things taking on extraordinary value. It’s the miracle at Cana. Pairs of socks and underwear sitting on a shelf at Target are ordinary things. But when someone buys them, puts them in their car and then brings them to church and puts them into the bins marked “Water-into-Wine” so that they can be collected and distributed to poor children at a public elementary school… they become extraordinary.
The same is true for the diapers, formula and baby wipes that were given in abundance when the Water-into-Wine initiative was focused on turning the ordinary into the extraordinary for homeless infants in Washington, DC. Or when we collected work boots so that releasees from the DC jail could have appropriate shoes to find employment. Or when our youth sort and bag loads of donated toiletries for that same population. Or when parishioners purchased and donated medical supplies for EBOLA relief. Or when… Right now I’m hearing Matthew 25: Lord when was it that we saw you naked and gave you clothing, were hungry and gave you food, in prison and visited you? To which the Lord replies, “Truly I tell you just as you did it to the least of these in my kingdom you do so to me…”
As was recently posted on St. Alban’s Facebook page, during the first three months of 2015, our St. Alban’s family filled the Water-into-Wine bins with 180 boxes of Macaroni and cheese , 55 boxes of pasta and 304 assorted canned goods , including soup, tuna, vegetables and pasta sauce.
This food is given to the homeless and unemployed people served by Samaritan Ministry. Our first quarter contributions amount to approximately 150 shopping bags of non perishable food given to Samaritan Ministry participants… a good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over!
Thank you, everyone. For your miracle at Cana. For turning water into wine. The measure you give will be the measure you get back, thanks be to God.
Happy Monday and Holy Week,