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Week of June 23, 2008
The poor need your friendship, says Vanier
By DEBORAH GYAPONG
"But what the poor need more than anything else is people who say 'I love you.'"
The government has filled this gap, which is not a bad thing, he said, speaking in French.
"But what the poor need more than anything else is people who say 'I love you.'
"The presence of Jesus is in the poor" and, in welcoming the poor, people welcome Jesus, he said.
Becoming like Jesus will make people meek and humble, compassionate and committed, he said, adding that it is not normal and not simple.
He urged those present to step outside their "clan" when holding a celebration and invite the poor, the blind and the marginalized.
The mission of Jesus is to send each person to serve the poor, so through the mystery of the Eucharist they know they are loved, he said.
Vanier expressed the hope that all baptized Christians would be able to discern the mystery of Jesus in the Eucharist, "that they all (may) be one so the whole world believes."
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