We have an ethical and moral obligation to care for the poor. I firmly believe it is the purpose for our existence and our response to the generous love God offers to us. This is how we thank him. This is how we love. There are many ways to be poor. We tend to think of poor as only meaning a lack of financial means, but it is so much more. People can be poor in health, poor in spirit, poor in knowledge, poor in experience and much, much more. Not having enough money is only one way to be poor... and not even the worst.
And to broaden the spectrum even further, we're not just talking about people. Our environment can be poor, our animals can be poor, our relationships can be poor...
Are you starting to get the idea?
We have a lot of work to do.
God wants us to feed the poor. And (you guessed it) that doesn't just mean food. People are fed in a variety of ways but the most significant of these is through the experience of love. Love is a verb. You have to DO IT. It's not a warm fuzzy feeling (although that can be a lovely side effect.) It's what we do for others that really matters. It matters to them and it matters to us.
Look around you and identify the poor in your life. You don't have to travel to a third world country. The poor my be sitting across from you at the table. The poor can be found in our families, in our schools, our places of work, our neighborhoods and in our homes.
Serve with love. Sometimes it can be as simple as a smile. Love comes in many forms. Don't underestimate your ability. Where you fall short, God will fill in the gap.
And don't forget, sometimes the most difficult form of service is allowing someone to love you. That's right. You might be poor too. Don't deny someone the chance to serve and offer love. You never know when you'll get the opportunity again.