Just a few realities that we as a community talked about last weekend...
10.6% of those living in Orange County live below the poverty line - approximately 315,000 people.
There are 456,000 people at risk of missing meals each month in Orange County.
According to the Orange County Homeless Assessment, there were approximately 34,000 homeless people in Orange County in 2005.
74,000 children in Orange County receive emergency food assistance each year from Second Harvest Food Bank.
In Orange County alone, one person is diagnosed with AIDS every day and countless others are infected with the HIV virus.
An estimated 66% of all people living with HIV and AIDS in Orange County are not receiving medical attention.
Experts believe that there are more than 1,200 people in Orange County who are HIV positive and have no idea.
Perhaps all is not as it seems.
The questions we have been wrestling with lately are these - Do we see what is going on around us? Do we hear the invitation? I once heard someone say that there are no God-forsaken places, only Church-forsaken places. I wonder what would happen if the Church embraced the invitation to embody the life and teachings of Jesus. I wonder.
Can we not stand on the side of the poor and marginalized and still call ourselves the Church?