There is something to be said of the call to be mindful of the plight of the poor among us. The point of the Catholic faith is more than just about giving food and money and clothing to the poor people. To be sure, these are important aspects of our faith. But more than that, the constant call of the Gospel is about making good our human lives. God created us to be human beings, not something less human because we are now the baptised "elite". If anything, being Catholic should make us more human than ever.
Being excellently Catholic means that we must be found useful, helpful, relevant to the human condition. Our Lord reminds us in the Holy Gospels that Catholics cannot be armchair philosophers and theologians. And worse still, we cannot mask our inaction with a facade of spirituality or holiness. There is such a thing as being too heavenly to be of any earthly use. This phenomenon stems from a wrong understanding of holiness and of human destiny.
There are those who think holiness is purely about following a litany of rules that they should never trespass under any circumstances, and they will make it a point to comply with these rules even at the expense of human dignity and love. And there are also those who think that the human being is destined to die and his soul departs from his decaying body, so saving the soul is all that matters. These misperceptions about holiness and human destiny drive us to an inaction that makes us as individuals irrelevant to the needs of humanity, as if believing in Jesus Christ inevitably leads us to deny human realities. When you see the dealings of Jesus with the crowds following him in the course of his ministry, he integrates the human reality with our experience of God: he feeds us, he talks to us about the necessity of finding rest, and he even talks a lot about money; he does and says whatever helps people to become truly human.
The Apostles speak in their epistles about the necessity of preaching the crucified Christ, the Christ who suffers with and for others. The crucifixion and suffering of Christ had always come as a scandal to the Jews during the time of the Early Church, and its scandal lies perhaps in the all-too-human excruciation suffered by Jesus. If our Lord subjected himself to such human an experience, then a version of Catholicism that is so sanitised and disconnected from human pain and need can only serve to contradict the nature of Jesus himself. As we preach the crucified Christ, we must also live the life of the crucified Christ by not just sharing our bread with the poor, but also being the very bread that is broken and fed to the needy. Only then can the notion of the crucified Christ be real to a humanity that needs to see icons of the crucified Christ fathomed by its mortal senses.
Our given mandate is clear. It is not one of passivity and inaction, or one of sedentary spirituality. The Catholicism of a Catholic who has no good works to show is in question. In all that we do as Catholics, "...your light must shine in the sight of men, so that, seeing your good works, they may give the praise to your Father in heaven." (Mt 5:16).