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While maybe in someway we have always blamed the poor simply for being poor, it seems to me, that like everything, it has become more vitriolic these days. The hardships of being poor are not enough. We blame the poor for being poor. We characterize them as lazy. We see them as persons who simply want to mooch from the rest of us.
But is this the attitude of God? Did the Son of God treat the poor in this way? No. In the Old Testament, the rules of worship were different for the poor, rules for reaping the harvest had to show special consideration to the poor, had to willingly help them, and pay them promptly for work, to name a few laws. In the New Testament, we are to see all people as Jesus himself, but specifically mentioned are the poor, the sick and the imprisoned. In the story of the widow’s mite, it is not the size of the gift that matters, but the size of the heart.
In fact, what is most important is that if we have much, much will be expected from us. It can be quite easy to look at our situation and be ignorant of what others are facing. We can think, especially when we live in a country like the United States, that we help too much or give too much away. But it seems to me that sometimes we become so focused on what we have, and what we want, we do not take the time to realize how blessed we are. So when it comes to the poor, what is God asking of you? How can you reach out to help? What is it you can do? As we continue this rosary marathon, take a moment to pray about what you can do, and to pray for all the poor, the homeless, and the economically distressed.
Today’s Intention: For all the poor, the homeless, and the economically distressed.