Faithful urged to help, see God in the poor

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MANILA, June 9, 2015—God always does something for the poor. What about you?

Inviting the faithful to commit themselves to serve the poor each time they receive Communion, a Catholic priest has pointed out poverty exists not so much because the Lord wants it, but rather because humans refuse to live for one another, to care for one another, and to see the image of God which they all share.

“How do we see ourselves in [the poor]? How do I see Jesus in them?” asked Fr. Enrico Martín F. Adoviso, head of the Archdiocese of Manila (RCAM)’s Commission on the Year of the Poor, in a talk he gave at Santa Cruz Church on Sunday, June 7, for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body of Blood of the Lord (Corpus Christi).`

Deaf, numb

“Brothers and sisters, God has always listened the cries of the poor. It is only us who turn deaf to their agonies, who are indifferent to their sufferings, and who refuse to act for their sake. The Lord has already done His part for them. It is time we do ours,” he added.

The priest stressed that each believing Catholic is called upon to take responsibility—”pananagutan”—for his fellow humans, especially those who have fewer opportunities in life: to love them, to minister to them, and to make sure they are not abused.

“When we have faith it means we gamble … But it’s not just taking chances. Whenever we receive the Body and Blood of Christ, we are affirming our responsibility for our neighbors,” he explained.

Loving outcasts

Moreover, Adoviso went on to exhort the faithful to recall in the consecrated Host the plight of the millions of people worldwide who experience hardships.

“We are duty-bound to accept them, to love them, to serve them, to be compassionate towards them, to help them stand on their feet, and to ensure they are not taken advantage of by virtue of their being created in God’s image,” he added.

In closing, Adoviso urged his audience to reflect on how they can be a neighbor to their neighbors, particularly to the impoverished, the wounded, and to those whom society treats as outcasts. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)

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