“Blessed are the Poor…”

“Raising his eyes toward his disciples Jesus said: ‘Blessed are you who are poor, for the kingdom of God is yours.'” – Luke 6:20

2/23/2019 It was recently suggested that if we assimilate only one single verse of scripture, this is the one.

Every Sunday, Love INC member church Hyde Park Methodist hosts their Open Arms hot breakfast to 175 + nearly, newly and chronically homeless neighbors.

 

On Love INC Sunday each month, I am blessed to greet each person at the head of the serving line and hand them their fork wrapped in a napkin. I have become a regular fixture and several guests know me by name.

 

Many are grateful and thankful for our service. Some are self-absorbed alone and isolated with their plight. All have stories to share of indescribable survival skills that often reminds me of my final accounting; “Did you love Me? Did you love those I loved?”

 

Of six core Love INC principles, the cornerstone is see everyone’s value. This aligns with our social justice principle of recognizing and celebrating the inherent dignity and value of each human being. We are truly One Body.

 

When I grow weary in my journey, unable to recognize and celebrate anything, I am buoyed by my exemplar, blessed Dorothy Day and her life long journey to “comfort the afflicted, afflict the comfortable.”

 

“We face the situation that there is nothing we can do for people except to love them. We continue in our fourteenth year of feeding our brothers and sisters, clothing them, sheltering them, and the more we do it, the more we realize that the most important thing is to love. There are destitute families with us, destitute to an unbelievable extent, and there, too, is nothing to do but to love….”  – Blessed Dorothy Day the Catholic WorkerJune 1946

 

I am refreshed and renewed to resume my journey with scripture: “He is like a tree planted beside the waters that stretches out its roots to the stream it fears not the heat when it comes, its leaves stay green, in the year of the drought it shows no distress, but still bears fruit.”  – Jeremiah 17:8

 

Michael Doyle / vision carrier / 813 466 9166

mdoyle@loveinctampa.org

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