One of those oft-misattributed quotes is that God must love the poor because he made so many of them. It is not clear who actually first wrote those words, but there is a truth wrapped in its cynicism. God does love the poor, the suffering, the stranger.
The responsorial psalm today reiterates a message true both to ancient Judaism and to our Catholic faith: The Lord is on the side of the weak and the helpless. In Jesus’ actions, we see this deep love for the suffering and the marginalized. In modern society, it is easy to think that God’s blessings fall on those who are materially well off. But, in fact, Scripture tells us that it is the poor, the prisoner, the refugee for whom God has a preferential love. Those of us who are materially blessed may carry an extra burden, but in becoming the hands and feet of Christ, we fulfill God’s promise to the oppressed and imitate our Savior.
- Greg Erlandson
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