1,000 Words: Lunch with the ‘least of these’

The news isn’t so much that the pope had lunch with the homeless, mentally ill, and addicted. It’s that the politicians didn’t.

The National Catholic Reporter writes:

This talk will not get the coverage that the pope’s address to Congress received. But, I suspect the images of him with the homeless at Catholic Charities will reverberate, and every pastor in the land should copy and distribute his remarks at St. Patrick’s in their parish bulletins. We have been reading from the Epistle of St. James the last few Sundays, and the pope’s linkage of faith with a heart that does not accept nor grow indifferent to suffering and injustice is the best homily you are going to hear on the themes that St. James articulates.

The pope had the option of staying on Capitol Hill and having a fancy luncheon with the politicians and the powerful. Like Jesus, he chose to seek out the powerless and the poor. Like Jesus, he seemed to be more joyful at the latter destination. Can we U.S. Catholics say the same about ourselves?

  • Gary F

    The politicians will pick them up with a bus on election day.

    • To vote for the senator they aren’t allowed to have in congress?

    • Veronica

      But if they want to vote and need a ride, why is getting them one a bad thing? Or do homeless people not deserve to be allowed to vote?

  • Paul

    Why would the politicians have dinner with poor people? They couldn’t afford five cents a plate let alone five hundred dollars a plate.

  • MrE85

    You don’t have to go to DC to find “the least of these.” I keep seeing the woman sleeping on the sidewalk in front of the overcrowded Dorothy Day Center.

  • Rob

    I love the pastoral approach Francis has brought to the papacy. He’s a fantastic leader who constantly challenges Catholics to be better at Catholicing. Personally, he’s inspired me to push myself further with community outreach to those left behind by society.

    That said, while I appreciate the sentiment and this article seems accurate enough, I feel compelled to add that the National Catholic Reporter, which has been cited widely by NPR/MPR this week is a very low quality partisan publication that gets more wrong than right when reporting on the Catholic Church. Those interested in more reliable reporting on the subject (and hopefully MPR as well) should refer to the National Catholic Register. I hear that NBC’s coverage with Fr Barron is also quite good

    • I cited the NCR for two paragraph and two paragraphs only. Clearly it offered a point of view. That’s the point.

  • Jack

    This pope has got it right. I admire his social work and I am not a Catholic. He has the respect of my Muslim friends as well.