Since when can Christians pick and choose which works of mercy fall into their neatly manicured categories that a proud person might claim, as did Phyllis the Comfortable whose response is given above, mirror the will of God?
You're homeless? Oh, I'm sorry, I'm practicing the spiritual works of mercy today. Tomorrow I practice the corporal works of mercy... if I feel like it. God bless!Phyllis the Comfortable emptied the corporal and spiritual works of mercy of their claim on us by equating her well manicured comfort zone (that trumps the risk of charity) with the will of God. "God would never ask me to put my safety and well being at risk." Nice try. Imagine, for a moment, where we would be if the Apostles had used that line of reasoning to defend any complacency on their part, to defend a choice to embrace the temptation to elevate self protection above the Gospel.
Instead of repenting of his denial of Christ, imagine if Saint Peter convinced himself that his denial of Jesus was an understandable defence of his own person.
Hey Jesus, I've got to think about myself, my own well being. You'll forgive me if I walk away and tend to my personal need for self protection.
Phyllis the Comfortable has convinced herself that her charity is perfect because she can cross over to the other side of the street, so-to-speak, and at the same time bless herself for her nicey niceness. Phyllis has reached a diabolical level of indifference.
Hi Jesus. I see you in the poor man lying in the street. I'm a little busy right now, but do remember that I love you. Have a nicer day.
'I'll help you as long as helping you doesn't mean you'll expect me to help you beyond my comfort zone, my healthy boundaries.
The Church needs heros, practitioners of heroic virtue. Perhaps, then, we might begin a journey into deeper trust in God by meditating on the following question: 'Am I acting out of fear, or am I living in the freedom of faith in Jesus Christ?'