All those years ago, Mother Teresa said, "Today it is very fashionable to talk about the poor. Unfortunately, it is not fashionable to talk with them."
We who think we are wealthy, who think we have banks and pockets big enough to give away some of our riches, are actually suffering from poverty of the heart. The poor 'need' us as much as we need them - their perspective, talents, resourcefulness, resilience.
It is easy for the poor to know they are poor,
But it is much harder for the wealthy to admit they are just as poor.
God doesn't first see our fine suits or college degrees, he sees our heart.
That beautiful truth both liberates many and terrifies some.
Jesus didn't ask us to sit around in fancy suits to discuss the next poverty-eradication strategy. He himself went to them, talked and laughed and ate with them. He touched them, he awakened their hearts to Love and Hope. He didn't toss them dead aid (for example, in the Somalian famine, America sent over tonnes of unprocessed, surplus agricultural products - 'animal feed' pretty much - to feed the starving masses) He healed them from the inside out and gave them Truth.
J a n i e ll e