The poor and the hungry do not need our charity. They need, and they deserve, justice. Every hungry person, every poor person we meet offers us the opportunity to reflect the love of Christ.
We live in a world that has grown much colder and much darker. Reaching our in mercy and compassion to the poor shines the light of hope for our society. The “least of these among us” offer us redemption. All we have to do is take it.
It’s not only the poor among us that stand in need of equality and justice. We all need equality and justice.
We live in a world where we allow thousands to die daily from hunger and malnutrition, even when we know there’s far more than enough food to feed everyone. That is more than injustice.
Until the hungry get fed, and all of our human family has a place at the table there is no equality and there is no justice. And I would add, not much humanity, either.
In a world blessed with far more than enough resources to feed all of our human family, there’s no reason for even one child to go to bed hungry. Yet, we know that almost 20,000 children die every day from hunger and hunger-related illnesses.
I totally agree with Rivera Sun’s thoughts on the shamefulness of excessive wealth in a world where children are allowed/are forced to die of hunger. Those with excessive wealth are complicit in those children’s deaths.
No one needs to die from hunger. We have the resources to prevent hunger. All that is required is basic morality, compassion and a sense of justice. Sadly, all three appear to be lacking among most of the excessively rich.
Maybe that’s why Jesus said that it was so difficult for the wealthy to inherit the Kingdom of God. What do you think?