From today’s Gospel (Luke 14:12-14):
No; when you have a party, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; that they cannot pay you back means that you are fortunate, because repayment will be made to you when the virtuous rise again.’
Jesus tells us that we must be kind to the poor and not just the hoi polloi in society or those with whom we are friends. We need to open up ourselves to the poor and as Pope Francis has already suggested we must get close to the poor, even touching their wounds as Jesus did. We can’t just rest on our laurels and give alms though this is obviously helpful. But we should be doing more to engage with the homeless, the sick, the frail and the elderly in our society.