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Thursday, October 11, 2007

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. by Henri Nouwen

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2 comments:

Chris S. said...

The path to contentment and fulfillment I believe and if I'm not mistaken is written is to be service to God and those about us. To extend the hand of hope to someone in need, to share your blessings of prosperity with someone who is suffering can only be good. I believe in showing God that I love him, because I believe love is action. Praising God and singing his name is one thing. DOING something for God is another altogether and I believe the most powerful. To give of ones self without reward. My experience is that God heals, if I try my best to live like he would have me he blesses me and gives me what I need, but not necessarily what I want :-) after all God knows best what I need.

Raby Savage said...

To Chris S.: Amen and amen.