World Day of the Poor
In his apostolic letter to close the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis suggested the Catholic Church set aside one day each year when communities can “reflect on how poverty is at the very heart of the Gospel.” He designated this day as the `World Day of the Poor’. This day is celebrated annually on the thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary time, which in 2020 was last Sunday. When introducing this Word Day of the Poor, Pope Francis proposed that
“It would be a day to help communities and each of the baptized to reflect on how poverty is at the very heart of the Gospel and that, as long as Lazarus lies at the door of our homes (cf. Lk 16:19-21), there can be no justice or social peace. This Day will also represent a genuine form of new evangelization (cf. Mt 11:5) which can renew the face of the Church as She perseveres in her perennial activity of pastoral conversion and witness to mercy.”
This year, he encouraged us to discover Jesus in the needy. Pope Francis said:
“At times, we think that to be Christian means not to do harm. And not doing harm is good. But not doing good is not good. We must do good, to come out of ourselves and look, look at those who have more need. … There is so much hunger, even in the heart of our cities; and many times we enter into that logic of indifference: the poor person is there, and we look the other way. Reach out your hand to the poor person: it is Christ.”
To be Marist is to come to know and love Jesus: may we be ever conscious that loving Jesus is to love those in need and reach out to them – that they too may know Jesus’ love through our actions.