Spending time in the Gospels, and Liturgy of the Hours I am often stuck by how much the poor are mentioned and elevated in God’s word. Probably the most surprising is in the Canticle of Mary which is from Luke Gospel where Mary takes the time to say this:
“He hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.
He hath put down the mighty from their seat, and hath exalted the humble.
He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.”
I honestly do not know how poor average people were in the time of Christ, but I would imagine that since there were extravagantly deified kings and emperors that common people were deeply indentured to pay taxes for such extravagance.
So how poor is the world today?
Of course there are hungry and there are some peoples exploited for their land to feed other parts of the world and there are areas of crowded and unsanitary living, but the world seems to be agriculturally and materially heading towards equaminity.
So today, are we more poor because we live lives of servitude to wages or are we more poor in faith than in wealth? Or are there still so many poor to feed that this should be the Church’s primary mission?