Portals to God

Destitution grinds people down. Sadly, we tend to think of the homeless as social nuisances. Jesus had a different point of view and suggested that the poor are portals to God. According to Christ, the poor are a profound, redeeming revelation of God’s presence and grace. But our culture tends to separate us from the poor who live out of sight in hidden pockets of despair and want. We are blinded to the needs of the poor by our own desire for property, comfort and acquiring more material goods for ourselves. At its root, there is only one reason for the existence of poverty: selfishness, which is a manifestation of a lack of authentic love.

Peter Maurin, co-founder with Dorothy Day of the Catholic Worker, said: “On the Cross of Calvary Christ gave His life to redeem the world. The life of Christ was a life of sacrifice. We cannot imitate the sacrifice of Christ on Calvary by trying to get all we can. We can only imitate the sacrifice of Christ on Calvary by trying to give all we can. What we give to the poor for Christ’s sake is what we carry with us when we die.”


2 Responses to “Portals to God”

  1. 1 Joan Krebs January 10, 2012 at 7:44 am

    “out of sight”… Thanks Gerry for dedicating your life to bring the poor into our sight. May your upcoming journey and sojourn be fruitful for that. Know you’ve got supportive prayer-energies in many corners. Bon voyage; “Buona ventura.” Yours, Joan Krebs

  2. 2 Jerry January 19, 2012 at 10:51 am

    I sometimes pray visually rather than in words. I’m trying to remember to visualize God’s grace descending on the wings of a white dove on every poor person I see including those with alcohol problems begging for money to feed their addiction. Because, truly, there but for God’s grace go I. And all the people I see are truly my brothers and sisters and it behooves me to try to remember that.

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