Poor Charlie was on his deathbed and gasped pitifully. "Give me one last request, dear," he said.
"Of course, my love.” Prunella replied softly, “after forty years of marriage I would fulfill you last wish without any hesitation."
"Six months after I die," he said, "I want you to marry Bob."
"But I thought you hated Bob," she said.
With his last breath he said, "I do!"
“He sent me to bring the Good News to the poor,”
But who are the poor?
The poor are Charlie and Prunella in their unhappy marriage.
The poor are the hungry and the thirsty.
The poor are those in Syria, Afghanistan and in Iraq.
The poor are those in Africa and Asia.
The poor are the immigrants, and refugees.
The poor are those who go around in rags in Medicine Hat.
The poor are the homeless. The poor are the sick.
The poor are the physically and mentally challenged.
The poor are the unborn and the old.
The poor are the imprisoned who have no voice.
The poor are the sad and depressed.
The poor are those who suffer injustice and persecuted.
The poor are the unemployed and those on low wages.
The poor are the rejects and unwanted.
The poor are the lonely and unloved.
The poor are the alcoholics and drug addicts.
The poor are those who live on bread alone.
And who never hear the Word of God.
The poor are those with hearts of flesh but do not love.
The poor, in one way or another, are you and me.
Before God we all are poor
(Even when we have lot of money in the bank!)
May we never see poverty as a curse from God.
Rather, may we know that we have to share,
And to care for those who are “POOR,”
Especially the SPRITUALLY POOR,
Lots of them in our midst.
Maybe they are our family members;
Maybe they are ourselves;
Those Christ intends
To bring the Good News:
Blessed are the poor in spirit!