This past Sunday we heard the story of a rich man who ends up in torment because he ignored the needs of others. The poor man meant nothing to him and he ignored him every day and never once shared even a crumb of bread.
Our Savior was always concerned about the poor. During his time on earth he constantly sought out the poor, victims of discrimination, the hungry, the homeless and the mentally ill. He reminded us that they are blessed, not cursed. Will we follow Jesus, or live a life choosing to ignore the needs of others. Especially those "others" who make us uncomfortable because they are different, or addicted, or begging, or immigrant or whatever it is about them that makes them invisible to us or mean spirited toward them.
It's us to us to embrace compassion or judgment, kindness or prejudice, graciousness or rejection. Will we stand with Jesus or not?