The World Day of the Poor
“This poor man cried; the Lord heard him and rescued him from all his distress” (Ps 33:7)
Who are the poor? … in body, soul and spirit? We are ALL in need of healing; to speak out for justice; to have new sight; to forgive and repent and be reconciled; and to be able to hear the voice of the Lord saying: "Here I am!" (Is 58:9) and ultimately to recognise peace and freedom, along with faith, hope and love.
From Psalm 33, we think of the story of Bartimaeus (Mk10:46-52) begging Jesus for mercy. Not being able to see or work for a living, he cries out in hope and desperation. He was marginalized and was told to be quiet. But we have a God who is faithful to his promise, full of love and consolation to all who seek Him. The poor are often the first to recognise God's presence in their lives, but they need to sense and see the presence of God in their brothers and sisters, namely ourselves! How? Firstly, through the power of PRAYER. As Christians inspired by our faith and the Holy Spirit, we are reminded that nothing is impossible for God. Secondly, by our ACTIONS of love, kindness and generosity - by serving others. Today we are called to honour the poor and marginalized, since we are reminded that Jesus Christ lives in every person. As Pope Francis says: “Each individual Christian and every community is called to be an instrument of God for the liberation and promotion of the poor, and for enabling them to be fully a part of society. This demands that we be attentive to the cry of the poor and to come to their aid”.
Today, let us remember the sick, unemployed, migrants & refugees, orphans, homeless, uneducated, those suffering from abuse, addiction, trafficking and all victims of war & violence.
Eliz Miller (edited)
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