THE SERVANT GENERAL
NO ONE IN NEED
RICH AND POOR - 2
Today’s reading: 1 Samuel 2:1-8
“For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s,
and he has set the world upon them.” (v.8c). Allow me
to freely paraphrase this. “For the pillars of LCSC
are the Lord’s, and He has set the Church upon them.”
LCSC is intended for massive worldwide evangelization according
to the call to the New Evangelization. The banner program,
the LCS, proclaims the gospel, intending to reach the grassroots
and peripheries. But there is more. There are the 4 pillars.
These are what are truly important in the life of God’s
people. Unfortunately, while much is happening in parishes
and the Church is very busy, the essentials are oftentimes
Pure -- crucial for teaching the youth about chastity, as
the culture of death is intent on pushing unbridled free
sex, ending up in the destruction of faith, family and life.
the Word -- crucial for getting Catholics into the Bible,
as most lay Catholics do not read the Bible, but ignorance
of the scriptures is ignorance of Christ.
Life -- crucial for renewing the family and defending life,
as the assault of the enemy’s forces today are intent
on destroying the very foundations of society and the Church.
Full -- crucial as there is such widespread poverty in the
world, which brings instability, strife, disunity and even
terrorism. We are called to bring God’s justice into
the world by addressing poverty, thus moving toward peace.
Today we focus on the fourth pillar. This is our work with
the poor, done through the No One in Need (NONe) movement.
This work looks to God’s intent and to the Church’s
preferential option for the poor. “He raises the needy
from the dust; from the ash heap lifts up the poor”
(v.8a). More than material help, God looks to the dignity
of the poor, as His beloved children and inheritors of His
promises. God’s intent is “to seat them with nobles
and make a glorious throne their heritage.” (v.8b).
have you noticed something when we read in the Bible about
uplifting the poor? Oftentimes it is paired with bringing
down the rich and powerful. This is the case with the beatitudes
according to Luke (see Lk 6:24-26). This is the case with
Mary’s Magnificat (see Lk 1:51-53). This is the case
here in Hannah’s prayer (v.4-5). God loves, defends
and upholds the poor. Read the Bible, both Old and New Testaments,
and see God’s concern for the poor over and over, including
His instructions to His people Israel.
does God hate the rich as much as He loves the poor? Of course
not. All are His children and He has their lives in their
hands. “The Lord makes poor and makes rich, humbles,
and also exalts.” (v.7). But here it is. God helps the
poor through other human instruments. And those who can really
help are the rich and powerful. The rich are supposed to use
their (God’s) resources for the benefit of the Kingdom
and God’s people. But oftentimes, the rich do not. And
oftentimes, the rich and powerful are the very cause of massive
poverty, by their corruption and selfishness.
rich and powerful are often arrogant in their wealth and power.
As they do not recognize God and His workings, they are in
danger as they will face a severe last judgment. “Speak
boastfully no longer, do not let arrogance issue from your
mouths. For an all-knowing God is the Lord, a God who weighs
actions.” (v.3). Even in this life, if God were to withhold
His hand from them, they would just collapse. “The bows
of the mighty are broken” (v.4a).
you might say: I am not among the rich and powerful. Perhaps.
But you are also not destitute. Given massive poverty in the
world, where for example millions in Africa might be starving,
you are rich, in that you do not lack for basic necessities,
and you might even have more than enough of the world’s
goods. But again, it is not about being rich or poor, but
about doing God’s will. What after all is arrogance?
It is when you trust in your own wisdom and strength rather
is when you act as if you gained your money or position
due to your own human ability and talent rather than God’s
blessing and His provision of whatever talent you might
is when you do not share with others, especially the poor,
the blessings that God entrusts to you as
steward, which you are supposed to use to promote God’s
purposes in the world.
Are you materially blessed? Do you want to continue to be
blessed? Then thank God for such blessings that He
has given you. Beyond gratitude, share your blessings.
Remember, God weighs actions. There will be a reckoning, if
not in this earth then in the afterlife. Let not God have
to humble you by bringing you down from your wealth, power
and position. Practice mercy and justice.
Action point: Not all of you can regularly do direct work
with the poor, or actively be part of NONe. But all of you
can help in the day-to-day work that is being done, aside
from just your prayers. This is by your regular financial
contributions. Do not neglect your tithe to our community
and the Church. In addition, help the evangelization work
of LCSC through G300 (1,000 pesos per month), and help our
prison ministry through G10K (100 pesos per month). Please
let me know by email if you are with me in G300 and G10K.
It would be good if you discussed this article in your household
meeting, and at the end, make a commitment to support G300
and/or G10K. For our brethren in First World nations, 100
pesos a month is just US$2.10 or less than 2 Euro. I would
really appreciate the crumbs from your table. God bless you.