You shall give to the poor freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake. For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land. Deuteronomy 15:10-11
There may be no clearer declaration of what it means to be “God’s people” than this statement. It means an ungrudging openness of heart, mind and means to the poor. It recognizes that poverty, at least in the eyes of the writer of these words, has no foreseeable end.
Even if we might imagine ways to ultimately eradicate poverty, we are not there yet, and being tuned in to Divine Wisdom asks us for this:
Open minds. Open hearts. And the willingness to give.
To the poor.