Sunday, November 19, 2017
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In declaring this the first World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis has given us a great gift. The approach of Advent – a season known for giving, but also for rampant consumerism – makes this an opportune time to reflect on the kind of society we want to live in. Click here to read the rest of Archbishop Miller’s letter.
In his message announcing the first World Day of the Poor on November 19, 2017, Pope Francis reminds us that “poverty is above all a call to follow Jesus in his own poverty”. Click here to read his entire message to all of us.
Lord God of justice, mercy and compassion,
pour out your Spirit upon us
that we may hear the cry of the poor
and see the wounded face of Jesus Christ
in those who are outcast, rejected and marginalized.
May we imitate your Son,
who became man to free us from the poverty of sin,
and may we be united in His mission
of helping our brothers and sisters
bear the burden of hunger, homelessness, addiction and abuse.
As the Body of Christ,
strengthen us to become worthy servants of the poor,
and seek ways to provide for
their material, emotional and spiritual needs.
Knowing that whatever we do to the least among us
we do to your Son, O Lord,
graciously hear our prayer.