Contemplative Corner – “Friend of the Poor”

Friend of the Poor
The poor are everywhere,
Those society rejects or forgets.
You welcome them all.
You look toward. I look away.
You reach out. I hold back.
You accept fondly. I rebuff fearfully.
You give away. I clutch tightly.
You extend love. I offer pity.
When will I, too, go in your direction
And become a friend of the poor?

-Joyce Rupp

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt. 5:3)