Some things I have learned #47

Subtitle: Or, at the least, I think I believe

Sub-subtitle: Or, at the most, I believe I know

Sub-sub-subtitle: An ancillary thought to Some things I have learned #46

As long as there have been humans, there has been hunger and homelessness.

Seeming to reflect this reality, Jesus said, “The poor always will be with you.”[1] Over time, in lending my hands to alleviate hunger and homelessness, I have experienced more than a few moments of hard-fisted despair given how irresolvable these conditions of life appear (are?).

Nevertheless, this one thing, indeed, truth has kept me from falling into a pit of defeated immobility: People never are categories. People are not “the hungry” and “the homeless.” People always are people, truly, my sisters and brothers who are hungry and homeless whom I am called to be of service where I am, when I can, with what I have.

Remembering this always re-opens my hands.

© 2022 PRA

#hunger #homelessness #lovingmyneighbor #servingmysistersandbrothers


[1] Matthew 26.11a. However, contextually, this was no mere statement of fact by Jesus, but rather a word to his disciples contrasting the reality of his soon-departure from them: “You will not always have me” (Matthew 26.11b).

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