LOOK AT JESUS, LOOK TO THE POOR – 3

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

OUR THEME FOR 2015

(Part 30)

LOOK AT JESUS, LOOK TO THE POOR – 3

March 30, 2015

Our theme this year is: Look at Jesus, look to the poor. The prepositions at and to are deliberate.

We look at Jesus. We gaze at Jesus. Our body is sedentary but our gaze is intent. Looking at Jesus leads us to look to the poor. To look to is to act. What we see prompts us to action.

When we look at Jesus, what should we see?

* We see the poor with whom Jesus identifies, with those who are the least of his brethren, whom he loves preferentially.

* We see what Jesus sees, the many lost sheep that need to be sought out and brought back to the fold.

* We see his wounds, inflicted upon him by our sins, and we are led to deeper repentance and the resolve to amend our lives.

* We see the crucified Jesus, and we are reminded that we too are to embrace our crosses.

* We see the glorified Jesus, and our hearts are filled with hope.

When we look to the poor, how should we be led to act?

* As Jesus ministered to the poor, so too should we.

* As Jesus proclaimed his mission to be that of bringing glad tidings to the poor, so too should our work and mission be.

* As Jesus made use of the lowly and those who count for nothing, we should be encouraged in the realization that God can use us, even in our unworthiness.

We look at Jesus and our hearts are filled with awe, and we are led to worship. Jesus then points us to his beloved poor, and sends us off to be mindful of and to look to their needs. God has provided everything needed for people to live truly meaningful lives on earth. We allow ourselves to become God’s instruments of grace and blessing, especially to the poor, so that no one will be in need.

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