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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Today, go and find someone who is “really poor.” Do something for that person — now! - Daily Bible Reflections September 7, 2016


YEAR OF THE POOR
 
Blessed are you who are poor, for the Kingdom of God is yours. – Luke 6:20
 
       Last year was declared the Year of the Poor. It’s also been months now since the national elections have been held. “The Poor Man” is suddenly thrust at the limelight again, claiming to be the reason for every politician’s campaign.
       After a year or so of the Year of the Poor, and before campaign promises are quickly forgotten, it should be good to ask, “What are we doing for the poor?”
         It was good for the Church to point out the “real poor.” And again, of what we, who claim to be “also poor,” have done for them. Because it’s not just the Church’s or the politicians’ concern. It’s everybody’s.
         That’s why I’m grateful to belong to a spiritual community, the Light of Jesus Family, that runs mercy ministries such as Anawim (Home for the Elderly), Tahanan ng Pagmamahal (for orphans), partnership with He Cares (for street kids), and more works of love and charity for the “real poor.”
       Yet, I know I have much to do, in my own little world, in my own little way. After all, when we minister to the poor, we are privileged to serve those to whom the kingdom of God has been given. Alvin Barcelona (apb_ayo@yahoo.com)
 
Reflection:Today, go and find someone who is “really poor.” Do something for that person — now!
 
Dear God, grant me the grace to help others who are truly in need, even if I think I myself need help. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
 
Blessed Frederick Ozanam, pray for us.

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