“Evangelized by the poor” – will we walk away sad?

by | Jan 21, 2015 | Formation, Reflections

Pope bergoglioSpeaking to young people in Manila, and commenting on the reading from the Gospel about the young man who walks away sad, the Holy Father said this:

You still lack one thing. Become a beggar. This is what you still lack. Learn how to beg. This isn’t easy to understand. To learn how to beg. To learn how to receive with humility. To learn to be evangelized by the poor, by those we help, the sick, orphans, they have so much to give us. Have I learned how to beg? Or am I self-sufficient? Do I think I need nothing? Do you know you too are poor? Do you know your own poverty and your need to receive? Do you let yourselves be evangelised by those you serve? This is what helps you mature in your commitment to give to others. Learn how to open your hand from your very own poverty.

This certainly has the makings of an examination of conscience for Vincentians of all kinds. Will we walk away sad?

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