6th Sunday in Ordinary time, Cycle C
Gospel:LUKE 6 : 17, 20 - 26
"How do we really help the poor?" But I think the better question is "How did poverty come in the first place?"
I'm sure when God created the world, He did not intend it to be so. Thus, poverty is an offshoot of sin in the world, a deviation from God's plan. Man has a lot to do in building a world where people abuse and kill each other, accumulate wealth for himself, leaving others in the dark to suffer and die.
Jesus came into the world to change all that. He did it through his own poverty, passion, and death to be with us through and through. But as he resurrected, so too we shall be resurrected with him.
Thus, the beatitudes make sense; there is hope for the poor, for those who are hungry, or suffering, or persecuted simply because they all have Jesus as their source of hope and consolation. This is sharply in contrast to those who are already wallowing in wealth, food, comforts, and laughter. If they have all this without totally depending on God, everything they have or worked for come to naught.
Rely totally on God then; learn to live the simple lifestyle and whenever possible, offer everything you have to let others specially the poor live. Be counted among the saints in heaven who are totally selfless, self-giving, and are now interceding for us. Then we shall be truly blessed.