August 26, 2013

Prayer for today - The Treasure of the Poor

The poor have a treasure to offer precisely because they cannot return our favors. By not paying us for what we have done for them, they call us to inner freedom, selflessness, generosity and true care. Jesus says: "When you have a party, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; then you will be blessed, for they have no means to repay you and so you will be repaid when the upright rise again." (Luke 14:13-14).

The repayment Jesus speaks about is spiritual. It is the joy, peace and love of God that we so much desire. This is what the poor give us, not only in the afterlife but already here and now.

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