January 29. Sunday 4A   Fr Fidelis started his homily by playing devils’ advocate.  He said, “I’m not sure but it seems to me that Pope Francis is too concerned about “the poor.“ I know that there are millions of destitute people all over the world and we should care for them, but what about us?  We’re not rich, but even rich people, e.g. lay leaders and business people, need to be loved by God?  Does that sound all wrong? Does “poor in spirit” also mean that we don’t value possessions over everything else and should be willing to share?  Don’t all the beatitudes, like a mission statement, talk about concern for others in various ways.”

Scripture.  Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are……..  Mat 5:1-12. Pope Francis.  It is the time of mercy because the poor should feel that they are regarded with respect and concern by others who have overcome indifference and discovered what is essential in life.  Face of Mercy 21. Reflect, share, act, pray.