“This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” – Matthew 22:34-40, New Revised Standard Version Bible
In this portion of scripture from the Gospel in Matthew in the New Testament, Jesus took what was meant to be a time of testing and embarrassment for him and turned it into a great teaching moment. If there is a concise summary of the Christian faith, then this is it: to love God and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Everything Christians believe and do hangs or flows from these commandments.
For the Goliad community, a new opportunity to show love of neighbor has come in the ministry and work of Habitat for Humanity. From its web site www.habitat.org, the following is a description of the Christian ministry of Habitat:
“Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian organization. We are dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness worldwide and to making adequate, affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action. Our ministry was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, decent place to live in dignity and safety.”
While Habitat is a Christian ministry, its work in communities involves all people, regardless of their faith or religious background. Habitat’s mission is to see that everyone has a simple, decent place to live in dignity and safety, regardless of whether or not they have a religious background.
The expansion of the former Victoria Affiliate of Habitat to the new Golden Crescent Affiliate to include Goliad County is a wonderful opportunity for all people in the community to come together to provide simple, yet decent homes for the people of this community to live in dignity and safety.
Many will become involved as a way of living out their faith in daily life. Others may become involved simply because they want to be of assistance in the community. Habitat for Humanity is a wonderful opportunity and a place where the entire community can come together to express and show love for neighbors.
John Dellis is the minister of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Ander.