Saturday, February 28

God Hears the Cry of the Poor

Read Psalm 22:23-31

"For he did not despise or abhor the affliction of the afflicted; he did not hide his face from me, but heard when cried to him." - Psalm 22:24

Reflection: The Scriptures are full of lessons about how God hears the cry of the poor. This Psalm straight-forwardly proclaims that God has listened to the poor’s cry for help.  And that God will fulfill God’s promise to provide food to the hungry.

Too many of us operate as if “our” belongings were really ours. We hoard our money, our homes, our cars, and sometimes even our education and skills. The Psalmist reminds us that “dominion belongs to the Lord.” What we have is not really ours. It is really God’s.

And God has a vision for “all the families of the nations.” God calls us all to bow down and remember from whom all blessings flow. This Lenten season, let us Fast from Fast Food in order to hear the cries of fast food workers who struggle to make ends meet.

By Kim Bobo, IWJ Founding Director

Pray: Oh God, who hears the cry of the poor, help me too hear the cry of the poor. Help me share what you’ve give me with others. Keep me away from fast food so I can hear the cries of fast food workers.

"I only really love God as much as the person I love
the least." - Dorothy Day

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