The Pope is saying is that “Trickle Down” economics doesn’t work. There is no trickle down.
The poor and hungry deserve justice. That doesn’t mean charity and the scraps off our groaning tables. And it doesn’t mean sympathy and our old clothes that are no longer in style.
What God wants, and what the least among us need is for us to love each other as we have first been loved. When we love each other as we claim to love God there will be no need for empty promises.
We are all one global family. We just need to act like it.
Most merciful and compassionate God, we give thanks for another night of rest and day of beauty. You have kept us in safety throughout the night and have again gifted us with a day full of opportunity.
Today we pray for deeper understanding for those in need. Help us see through the differences and see the commonality that binds us together as your children. Help us see through the filth and get beyond the stink of hunger and homelessness to see the pure beauty of those you love with a love that extends into eternity.
Grant us sympathy that becomes empathy as we reach out to those waiting to be loved, those hungry for more than food, and those withering from the lack of a caring touch.
Today, may we see through the eyes of your son. May our every action reflect the love which daily sustains us. And may we have the insight to see the Christ in the face of every person we might meet. – AMEN