An important question from Sojourners Magazine (click image to enlarge):
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops asks the same question, joining other Christian leaders in calling for a “Circle of Protection around programs that meet the essential needs of hungry and poor people at home and abroad.”
And the soon-to-be Blessed Pope John Paul II reminds us that “You must never be content to leave (the poor and vulnerable) just the crumbs of the feast. You must take of your substance, and not just of your abundance, in order to help them. And you must treat them like guests at your family table.”
“Like guests at your family table.” It’s not just enough to help the poor, you have to respect them. Treat them as you would treat Christ, because, if we take Our Lord at his word, they are Christ.