Seeing Jesus in the Poor is difficult because you want Jesus to come to you like you already are. We want a safe Jesus, but He’s not safe, especially not to our pride, self-conceit and other sins. Jesus is always upsetting the tables of our heart when we convert His dwelling into a den of robbers instead of a temple of His glory. We don’t like that. We also don’t like our comfortable “lifestyles” threatened by self-sacrifice. I hate that! I love my Netflix and HuluPlus and YMCA membership and all the other options that being rich gave me.
Rich? If you own a computer, a car, and rent/own a shelter with indoor plumbing, you’re rich when compared to the rest of the world. But we don’t feel rich, do we? That’s because we don’t compare ourselves to the world, or to the poorest of the poor, because we aren’t near them. We compare ourselves to the people we surround ourselves with, and we can tend to feel just in the middle of that particular bracket.
Jesus is inviting us into a way of seeing and comparing this tremendous wealth with His divine poverty. “For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich” (2Cor8:9).
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4 Ways to Take This Offline:
- The next panhandler you see, do not give him or her money. Have a conversation. Pray with him/her. And go and get a pizza together.
- Read Luke 6:20-26 for a fuller understanding of Christ’s views of wealth and poverty.
- Pray the Fragrance Prayer of Mother Teresa. (http://humblehandmaid.com/mother-teresas-fragrance-prayer/)
- Visit a nursing home, a prison, or a college dorm filled with Freshmen. Those three groups were considered the loneliest people in America.
About our Speaker:
Michael Gormley, aka GOMER, is a family man, works as the Coordinator of Evangelization fulltime at his parish in Texas, and travels around the country teaching ordinary Catholics how to love Christ and bring others to the love of Jesus Christ in His Church. He has a website that’s seen by dozens, www.LayEvangelist.com