Mass Readings: Amos 2:6-10,13-16/Matthew 8:18-22

God’s Poor Children

A popular and important contemporary Church teaching is expressed as “the preferential option for the poor.” It suggests that God has a special place for the poor in His scheme of salvation. Amos, a prophet to the Northern Kingdom of Israel, rails against the religious elite of his day who trample the poor. It was a time when not only was deference not given to the poor, but the rich exalted themselves.

Amos’ exhortation prompts us to ask how we reach out to those who are less fortunate in our society. It might be through material assistance, but it could equally be through prayer and service. Let’s not only be aware of the poor in our midst, but do something to alleviate their pain.

Prayer: God our Father, help me to reach out to those who need my assistance.