Mercy Mondays

Ryan Lents

Ryan Lents is the Director of the Office for Human Dignity and Solidarity.

  1. Caring for the Poor

    By Ryan Lents | Monday, September 19, 2016

    The sacred Scriptures make abundantly clear that the poor hold a special place in God’s heart. In fact, Jesus starts his public ministry by proclaiming that the Lord “has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor” (Luke 4:18). In the final judgment discourse, Jesus goes even further, declaring, “Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40). Clearly as Christians, we are called to be in right relationship with those experiencing poverty, be it economically, spiritually, or physically. The challenge for us all is how we practice solidarity in a world that constantly casts the poor aside, often making them invisible.