Pope Francis has been making headlines for lots of things he has been saying this month, but what he has really challenged me to think about is my relationship with the poor. You see, I am blessed. I have food, shelter, clothing, friends and family who love me, and opportunities. But there are many in this world who don’t have any of these, and even more people who don’t have some of them.
Our new pope challenges us to go out, find these people, look into their eyes, and see how we can lighten their load, relieve them of their burden, and serve them in meaningful ways. By comparison, writing a check to a charity that feeds the poor in some distant corner of the world seems very, very easy.
And so, I have been trying to work out how I can live out the challenge the pope has laid before us. I don’t have an answer. It is something I am struggling with.
So, this month, I encourage you to think about your relationship with the poor. Jesus loved them. Too often, at best we tolerate them, or worse, we ignore them. But God continues to invite us into a relationship with the less fortunate of this world, and through them we find ourselves immersed in God.
May God bless you and all those you love with grateful spirits and generous hearts.