Sunday, February 07, 2016

Priorities and substance

Concern for the Poor

To speak of a ‘preferential option for the poor’ is not to speak of an ‘exclusive’ option for the poor, as though God loved only the poor and did not love anybody else, especially the rich…. In responding to the concern that God has for all people, we start toward the fulfillment of that long-range concern by an immediate and initial concern for the poor, working with them and for them. To the degree that the cries of the poor are given priority over the complaints of the rich, there can be movement toward a society that is more, rather than less, just.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Perhaps in the time of Jesus, the most deprived would be a poor Samaritan woman. I guess in our time, it would be a woman from Syria, Mexico, or just about any poor ethnic group.