A Curious Blinding Effect

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Daily reminders of abject poverty can have a curious blinding effect.

Perhaps you’ve heard or said some variation of “I have my troubles, but many others are much worse off than me.”

By global standards, that is unfortunately quite true. But we should not lose sight of the fact that we are, whatever our material conditions, utterly dependent.

As Paul reminds us in Acts 17:28, “In him we live and move and have our being.” In God’s economy, we are all needy.

As if to emphasize this—and fully identify with us—one day the Father sent his only Son, the darling of heaven, to Earth in the form of a baby. The child became a man whose life and death illustrated complete need for, and dependence on, God.

Yet this needy, itinerant Savior with “no place to lay his head” brought freedom, healing, dignity and forgiveness, and ultimately met our gravest need: reconciliation with God. He met the needs of poor and rich alike.

Our humble King showed that we are all needy … and we are all needed.

In Advent, we wait and prepare for the coming King. To help remind us of our need, and reassure us that we are needed, we offer these CRS Advent resources for you, your family and your parish.

Thank you for all you’ve done for the poor this year. Even in your need, you help meet the needs of millions of others. We’re grateful you continue to choose CRS as your partner in this good work.

Tags: Advent, Poverty