The poor of the world will lead us

“God has chosen the weak of this world…”
1 Corinthians 1, 28

A theme I find all too often in the bible is the poor. It is a theme that challenges us who have the privileges of the US.

The scriptures call us to feed the hungry, to care for the widows and orphans (the marginalized of those times).

Jesus calls the poor blessed for theirs is the kingdom of God. (He also said, “Woe to the rich.”)

Jesus praises the Father for revealing to the little ones what he has hidden from the learned.

In today’s first reading Paul seems to sum this up:

But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are, so that no one might boast in the presence of God. (1 Corinthians 1, 27-29 – NRSV)

I wonder if such a reading will be heard amid the noise of this year’s political campaigning. I tend to doubt it. But that means that people of faith must speak out ever more boldly against any efforts that undermine what the poor need to survive and to flourish.

Above all, we must know the poor and listen to them.

 

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