3º Sunday of Advent: Announce the good news to the poor

December 15, 2019.

Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me!”  (Mathew 11, 2-6)

Who are the poor? They are, first, those who suffer some physical or material need; they are the multitudes of peasants in South America, Africa or Asia; those who dwell in the peripheral neighborhoods of the large cities; the emigrants; those despised because of their race, religion or some deficiency which makes them incapable of competing in a society such as ours. These are the first poor, and to forget would be on offence to them.

But it would also be an error to forget those who live alone, those suffering the break-up of a marriage, those who are ill and, in short all those who suffer for one reason or another. One and another carry in their bodies or in their spirits the mark of the Crucified, who on the cross not only died by the nails and the thorns but also by the forsaking of his friends.

What then does the announcing of the good news to the poor mean? It means helping them solve their problems, with all our strength. But, at the same time, offering them our personal experience of our encounter with God, who is who can truly help and the only who to them as to all will give them true happiness.

Moreover, there is something else in this “word of life”: the exclamation of Christ calling fortunate those who do not feel defrauded by Him. That is to say, who does not believe that he doesn’t do anything because he rejects violence as a means to resolve problems, or because he doesn’t work miracles so that they disappear.

Intention: Help all who suffer, with charity or with the association in the measure of our resources. But also speak to them of God.  And don’t doubt in Christ or in the efficiency of his message.

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