2016 Lent Reflection-Week 2

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 Friday-26th February 2016

The Path of Poverty

“Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests: but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” – (Luke 9:58)

Following Jesus means putting him in first place, stripping ourselves of the many things that we possess that suffocate our hearts, renouncing ourselves taking up the cross and carrying it with Jesus. Stripping ourselves of pride ego and detaching ourselves from the desire to possess, from money, which is an idol that possesses.

We are all called to be poor, to strip us of ourselves: and to do this we must learn how to be with the poor, to share with those who lack basic necessities, to touch the flesh of Christ! The Christian is not one who speaks about the poor, no He is one who encounters them, who look them in the eye, who touches them …

For everyone, even for our society that is showing signs of fatigue, if we want to save ourselves from sinking, it is necessary to follow the path of poverty. That does not mean misery – this idea should be refuted – it means knowing how to be more in solidarity with those in need, to entrust oneself more to God and less to our human efforts.

Address, October 4, 2013 – Pope Francis

Reflection
Do I know how to be with the poor, or do I shield myself from the sufferings of others?

Prayer
Jesus, you are our example in all things. Show us how to embrace poverty of spirit; to share willingly and joyfully with those in need.

Lent with Pope Francis – Daily Reflection – Pauline Publication