The Gospel reading at Sunday’s Mass hit home to those of us who work at Cross International Catholic Outreach. That’s because Matthew 25:31-46 is a foundational scripture for us—a reminder to see Jesus in every hungry, thirsty, naked, homeless, imprisoned, or impoverished person we serve.
The poor in developing countries often give us a fresh perspective on being thankful. They may lack adequate food, clothing or shelter; yet they are thankful for life, family and friends—and especially their faith. It’s common for a poor, Catholic family to share their only meal of the day with their poor neighbors, because they themselves are filled with the love of Christ. Their example shows us how gratitude and generosity are tied to spiritual more than material wealth.
As we approach Thanksgiving Day, Sunday’s reading reminds us to be grateful for Christ, and to express our gratitude by helping the poor.