We are one people of God, having received his mercy (1 Peter 2:10) and having each become a member of the household of God (Ephesians 2:19). In the Old Testament, God commanded his people to be generous towards the needy in their midst (Deuteronomy 15:7-11). In the same way, we see God’s people in the New Testament, defined by their faith in Jesus Christ, selling property and possessions to give those in need in their midst (Acts 2:44-47). In particular, we see the early church raising up people known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom, i.e., deacons, to take care of the food distribution to the marginalized Hellenistic Jewish widows (Acts 6:1-7).
The Diaconate Fund is one way in which we are concretely following in our day these Biblical precedents to take care of those in need in our midst.