Prison… not a pleasant thought, but a reality for more than 65,000 prisoners in the state of
Incarceration… the very thought of it makes most of us feel uncomfortable. As a society, we’ve “put away” the men and women serving time in prisons and written them off as cold, hardened criminals. Our thoughts and words flow all too easily, with little emotion, “They got what they deserved.”
But, even for those surrounded by walls of thick concrete and razor wire.
The Body of Christ is there and as children of God and of the Catholic Church, it is our responsibility to bring Holy Communion to anyone who wishes to receive it, no matter what their circumstances. It is not our role to judge, only to serve and to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ.
There are many things we can’t give them. What we can give them is God’s message of Hope, Love and Forgiveness.
As a result, 6 female inmates and 2 male inmates were confirmed into the Church this year.
The vineyard is ripe.
Jesus said in St Matthew’s gospel, “I was in prison and you visited me.”
If you can’t go inside yourself, please continue to help me go inside for you.