THE FIFTH WORLD DAY OF THE POOR.
The face of God that Jesus reveals is that of a Father for the poor and close to the poor. All of Jesus’ work affirms that poverty is not the fruit of fatality, but rather a concrete sign of his presence among us. We do not find him when and where we want, but we recognize him in the lives of the poor, in their suffering and destitution, in the sometimes inhuman conditions in which they are forced to live.
The poor of any condition and of any latitude evangelize us, because they allow us to rediscover in an ever new way the most genuine features of the Father’s face. «They have a lot to teach us. Besides participating in the sensus fidei, in their own pain they know the suffering Christ.
Our commitment does not consist exclusively of actions or promotion and assistance programs; what the Spirit mobilizes is not an activist overflow, but above all an attention paid to the other “considering him as one with himself.” This loving attention is the beginning of a true concern for his person, from which I wish to effectively seek his good »(Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, 198-199).
SHARE THE SAME LUCK WITH THEM
Jesus is not only on the side of the poor, but he shares the same fate with them. The poor are not people “external” to the community, but brothers and sisters with whom they can share their suffering in order to alleviate their discomfort and marginalization, to restore their lost dignity and ensure the necessary social inclusion. On the other hand, it is known that a charity work presupposes a benefactor and a beneficiary, while sharing generates fraternity. Almsgiving is occasional, while sharing is long-lasting. The first runs the risk of gratifying the person who performs it and humiliating the person who receives it; the second reinforces solidarity and lays the necessary foundations to achieve justice. Ultimately, when believers want to see and feel Jesus in person, they know where to turn, the poor are the sacrament of Christ, they represent his person and refer to him.