SOUL FOOD for Young Adult Communities: Sunday Sept.1st 2013: Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Gospel: Luke 14:1 and 7-14. Click here for Mass Readings for today.
‘DON’T FORGET THE POOR!’
Two young people decided that they wanted to meet God. So they started to climb this great mountain. Half way up, they passed a stranger heading down to the valley below. When they got to the top, the asked where they could find God. The answer they got was: did you not meet God going down the mountain to the valley below?
Pope Francis, a day or two after his election as Bishop of Rome (Successor of Peter), gave
an interview to the media. He told them about the moments leading up to his election, when the votes were adding up and it looked like he would be chosen. A great friend of his, sitting next to him, a Brazilian Cardinal, leaned over to him and said ‘Don’t forget the poor!’ And then, tapping his head, Francis told the journalists that those words hit him there in his head.
But then again, Francis, or George Bergoglio as he was called, had never forgotten the poor. He took public transport to work from his little apartment where he lived as Archbishop in Buenos Aires. He lived in the heart of communities, and of the poor.
‘Invite the poor, the crippled, the lame and the blind’, we hear in today’s story about the party Jesus was at. ‘Invite the poor, the crippled, the lame and the blind’, he is saying to us around our table- be friends with, reach out to, walk alongside those who are addicted, those who have little money, who feel left out, who are isolated, who are lonely and afraid and questioning. ‘Don’t forget the poor!’
In our communities, in our gatherings for the breaking of bread, we are meant to break bread (be com-panions) with everyone in our community where we live, especially with those who need our presence and love.
Have we invited ‘the poor, the crippled, the lame and the blind’ into the party of our young hearts? God is where they are. Are we?
P.S. I have the Pope.app for some weeks now. Find out what Francis did and said while at the World Youth Day Congress. Exciting witness and words to the young of the world. You can download ThePopeApp easily. If you find anything that captures you and your friends, let us know, in the Comment box below. Would love to hear from you. And if you were in Rio, even better! S