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This coming week’s readings (which will be highlighted in tomorrow’s This Sunday post) offers us the following wisdom teaching from Jesus:

“For every one who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.

Then he said to the host who invited him,“When you hold a lunch or a dinner,do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or your wealthy neighbors …Rather, when you hold a banquet,invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

In the reflection below, Henri encourages us to confess our own poverty, put aside our fears and in humility learn to sit with the poor.

Meeting God in the Poor

When we are not afraid to confess our own poverty, we will be able to be with other people in theirs. The Christ who lives in our own poverty recognises the Christ who lives in other people’s. Just as we are inclined to ignore our own poverty, we are inclined to ignore others’. We prefer not to see people who are destitute, we do not like to look at people who are deformed or disabled, we avoid talking about people’s pains and sorrows, we stay away from brokenness, helplessness, and neediness.

By this avoidance we might lose touch with the people through whom God is manifested to us. But when we have discovered God in our own poverty, we will lose our fear of the poor and go to them to meet God. By Henri Nouwen

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