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FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
 

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

NO ONE IN NEED
(Part 16)

JUSTICE TO THE OPPRESSED POOR

August 9, 2014
Today’s psalm: Psalm 9:8-13

The Lord “is he who judges the world with justice” (v.9a). Justice is giving to everyone what is his due. To the poor is due an equitable share of the world’s goods, which are all provided by God for His people. Who then are the unjust?

  • Those who fail to share with those who have much less in life.
  • Those who deprive the poor of even the little that they can get.
  • Those who support oppressive structures in society that affect the poor the most.
  • Those who are greedy and try to get more and more to the detriment of the weak and powerless.
  • Those who take advantage of the poor to further their personal interests.

In fact, they are oppressors. What are the oppressed poor to do? They are to trust in God.

  • The poor must know that “the Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed.” (v.10a). Jesus, who himself was poor and oppressed, identifies with them and is committed to defend them.
  • The poor who trust in God must aver, “you never forsake those who seek you, Lord.” (v.11b). God is ever mindful of the poor, always having them in His heart.
  • The poor, in their suffering and forsaken situation, must have faith that the Lord “does not forget the cry of the afflicted.” (v.13b). God listens to the cry of His beloved poor, and will answer.

Now even as the poor trust in God, God intends to work through human instruments to extend His love and care for the poor. Thus we have this responsibility. Pope Francis loves the poor. The Church has a preferential option for the poor. We have the same Core Value and have established the No One in Need (NONe) movement.

Let us do what is just and right and true.

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