“The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” – Mt. 23:11-12

It took a number of years for me to learn a very important lesson about “helping” the poor and marginalized. The lesson is to think of “them” as “us”, to reduce the distance between us rather than keeping a separation.  For example, in my mind when I bring soup to the lunch for the homeless and ladle it out, these homeless people are our invited guests with whom we are sharing our lunch, not “poor folks” who we are helping out of the great goodness of our hearts. Moreover, they represent Christ, and by coming to the lunch they are giving something to me that is even more valuable than what I give to them.  They are giving me an opportunity to share my lunch with Christ.

What opportunity might I be invited these days to partake as I “help” someone in need?

Sharon Sullivan

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