This week's reflection gives thanks to silence.
Reflection of the Week - 15 October 2019
Posted in Faith
Whilst on earth, Jesus spoke regularly about feeding and caring for the poor.
Paul regularly wrote about feeding and caring for the poor.
Centuries on, why is it that the poor are so often forgotten?
So often patronised, belittled and not valued?
In other lands as well as our own country?
How do I respond to God to make poverty history?
Matthew 19:20-22 (New International Version)
Jesus answered, "If you want to be perfect,
go, sell your possessions and give to the poor,
and you will have treasure in heaven.
Then come, follow me."
"Then the righteous will answer him,
'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you,
or thirsty and give you something to drink?
Thank you loving God for all the people in this world,
for all the races and, cultures and the richness of our differences.
Thank you Jesus for your example of caring for the poor,
for your immense compassion,
and your teaching to put others first before our own comfort.
Forgive us for our selfishness, and our lack of sharing.
Forgive us for national decisions that don't alleviate poverty and suffering.
Lord God, I want my heart to break from what breaks your heart,
to be truly compassionate,
to be sincerely passionate about making poverty history.
Thank you Creator God
for the relationship each of us can have in you.
We pray for justice for all the peoples of this earth,
and for fair food and wealth distribution.
Help us to live simply
so that others can simply live.
Help me to love my neighbour as myself
and to be a witness to you
in all I say and do.
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