A great theme in Scripture is this: God is on the side of the poor. This was why God chose the lowly Israelites in the first place. It’s also at the heart of Mary’s Magnificat and Jesus’ Beatitudes. It is the reason behind the divine mandate to care for the poor, the widow and the stranger. But who are the poor?
The poor are the economically poor, yes. But the poor also include all who are at a distinct disadvantage in society due to race, age, gender, language, ill health, limited education, absence of opportunities or lack of power. If God is on their side, then shouldn’t we also be on their side? We do this through small but significant ways—such as volunteering, contributing financially, praying, staying informed on social justice issues and supporting legislation and candidates who are mindful of the poor.
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