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YEAR C: HOMILY FOR THE 3RD SUNDAY OF ADVENT
HOMILY THEME: “And the crowds asked him, ‘What then should we do?’ In reply he said to them, ‘Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none.’” (Luke 3:10-11)
BY: Fr. Robert deLeon, CSC
Winter had just blasted us with its first biting breath when the cold homeless of Bridgeport came to the ER of St. Vincent’s Medical Center. The annual call had earlier gone out among the hospital staff for donations of warm clothing to be dropped off at the Kloz Korner, located near the ER entrance. One of the many outreach services sponsored by the Daughters of Charity, founders of St. Vincent’s, the Kloz Korner provided donated clothing to any in need.
Working alongside the Sisters at the hospital day by day, I came to share their commitment to the poor and sick. It was with this mindset that I began to search out unused warm clothing for the Kloz Korner from the closets of the house I shared with three other Holy Cross community members: the Provincial Superior, the Assistant Provincial Superior and the Provincial Treasurer.
I was able to expedite a sort of resurrection when, opening the door to our large 3rd floor cedar closet, I discovered a tomb for the clothing of long-deceased community members. Black suits, wool overcoats, hats, gloves and scarves offered themselves in service to the living. Stuffing the treasure into large bags, name tags attached to the garments bore the identity of Brothers and priests long gone to God. Indeed, even in death these members of our Holy Cross community were still to be an answer to prayer! Early next morning I was off to the hospital and the delivery of the goods to the Kloz Korner, returning home just in time for lunch with my 3 compatriots and the 4 women who comprised the province support staff. Eager to share my morning’s charitable activity, I spoke up. “Well, while you 7 were at your desks, I took all the overcoats from the 3rd floor cedar closet to the hospital’s Kloz Korner. They’re desperate for winter clothing right now.”