Blessed are the poor

We are mindful, O God,
  that You dwell among the lowliest people of the Earth,
  that You sit on the dust-heap among those in the slums and those in prison,
  that You are present with the juvenile delinquents and the homeless,
  that You throng with the beggars seeking bread,
  that You suffer with the sick,
  and that You stand in line with the unemployed.
May we be mindful that when we forget the unemployed, we forget You.

Toyohiko Kagawa, 1888-1960,  Japanese Christian activist, who lived among the poor

But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”

Tent City, Brockton, MA

One thought on “Blessed are the poor

  1. Reblogged this on How do I live thee? and commented:
    This post comforts me because. although I am not materially impoverished, I do often feel myself on the margins of this U.S. society. Most of the time, I do not feel “in sync” with this culture. Thus, while my body is comfortably fed and housed, my inner self often feels the way these photos look. This blogger reminds me that God is found among those who are materially on the margins. Even more importantly for me personally, this post reassures me that God is among those like me who feel marginalized in other ways.


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