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      World Day of the Poor, 14 November 2021

World Day of the Poor, 14 November 2021

“The poor you will always have with you” (Mk 14:7)

True, they may be people who lack some things, often many things, including the bare necessities, yet they do not lack everything, for they retain the dignity of God’s children that nothing and no one can take away from them. (Pope Francis)

Logo of the World Day of the Poor

The logo of the World Day of the Poor expresses mutuality. There is an open door with two people on the threshold. Both are holding out a hand; one who is asking for help, the other who is offering help. Actually, it is difficult to tell which of the two is really the poor one. Or better yet, both are poor. The one stretching out a hand to enter is asking for help; the one stretching out a hand to help is invited to go out to share. The two outstretched hands that meet are each offering something. Two arms express solidarity and urge us not to stay on the threshold, but to go and meet the other. The poor can come into the home once it is understood that the help is the sharing.(Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangilization)

Theme : The poor you will always have with you” (Mk 14:7)

"The poor you will always have with you” (Mk 14:7). This is a summons never to lose sight of every opportunity to do good. Behind it, we can glimpse the ancient biblical command: “If one of your brothers and sisters… is in need, you shall not harden your heart nor close your hand to them in their need. Instead, you shall open your hand to them and freely lend them enough to meet their need… When you give to them, give freely and not with ill will; for the Lord, your God, will bless you for this in all your works and undertakings. For the needy will never be lacking in the land…” (Deut 15:7-8, 10-11). In a similar vein, the Apostle Paul urged the Christians of his communities to come to the aid of the poor of the first community of Jerusalem and to do so “without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Cor 9:7). It is not a question of easing our conscience by giving alms, but of opposing the culture of indifference and injustice we have created with regard to the poor." (Pope Francis)

Prayer Inspired by Pope Francis’ message for the Fifth World Day of the Poor

O Lord Jesus Christ, you are the first poor, the poorest of the poor,
for you represent them all.
The face of God that you reveal to us is that of a Father
for the poor and close to the poor.
All your work affirms that poverty is a concrete sign
of your presence among us.
The poor, whom we always have with us, are Your sacrament.

You ask us to recognize you in their lives,
letting us be evangelized through them,
so that we may rediscover solidarity and sharing.

Teach us to lend them our voice in their causes,
but also to be their friends,
to listen to them, to understand them
and to welcome the mysterious wisdom
that You want to communicate to us through them.

You call us to open our hearts
to recognize the many expressions of poverty,
manifesting Your Kingdom through a lifestyle
consistent with the faith we profess.
If we do not recognize the poor,
we betray Your teaching and cannot be Your disciples.

O Holy Spirit, love of the Father and of the Son poured into our hearts,
you arouse in us a loving concern for the person of the poor,
spurring us on to truly seek their good.

Give us the humility to recognize that we too are poor,
because only in this way will we be able to truly recognize them
and make them part of our life and an instrument of salvation.

Enlighten and strengthen the members of governments
and world institutions,
so that they may be committed
to building a better world based on justice.

Saint Damien de Veuster, apostle to the lepers,
pray for the many men and women,
who in the current coronavirus pandemic
are sharers in the suffering of millions of infected people. Amen.

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