Listen To God: Hear the Poor | Fr Michael Dunne on God's 'radical solidarity'
Saturday 12th April 2014On day seven of Listen To God: Hear the Poor, Father Michael Dunne, Catholic parish priest of Our Lady & St Catherine of Siena, Bow, East London, speaks on what the Sermon on the Mount says about God’s radical solidarity with people in physical - and spiritual - poverty. He also describes how churches and other faith groups in Bow, East London, have recently come together to open a food bank.
Listen to Fr Michael Dunne's reflection (4min 11sec):
Fr Michael is reflecting on today's prayer and reading: Psalm 126 and Matthew 25:31, 34-40.
Read today's prayer and Bible reading below, or download prayers and readings for the full week
Psalm 10(9.2):12-18 (Grail Psalter, 1963)
12 Arise then, Lord, lift up your hand!
O God, do not forget the poor!
13 Why should the wicked spurn the Lord
and think in his heart: "God will not punish"?
14 But you have seen the trouble and sorrow,
you note it, you take it in hand.
The helpless trusts himself to you;
for you are the helper of the orphan.
15 Break the power of the wicked and the sinner!
Punish their wickedness till nothing remains!
16 The Lord is king for ever and ever.
The heathen shall perish from the land he rules.
17 Lord, you hear the prayer of the poor;
you strengthen their hearts; you turn your ear
18 to protect the rights of the orphan and oppressed:
so that mortal man may strike terror no more.
Luke 6:20-26 (New Jerusalem Bible)
Then fixing his eyes on his disciples he said: ‘How blessed are you who are poor: the kingdom of God is yours. Blessed are you who are hungry now: you shall have your fill.
Blessed are you who are weeping now: you shall laugh.
Blessed are you when people hate you, drive you out, abuse you, denounce your name as criminal, on account of the Son of man. Rejoice when that day comes and dance for joy, look! - your reward will be great in heaven.
This was the way their ancestors treated the prophets. But alas for you who are rich: you are having your consolation now. Alas for you who have plenty to eat now: you shall go hungry.
Alas for you who are laughing now: you shall mourn and weep. Alas for you when everyone speaks well of you! This was the way their ancestors treated the false prophets.’