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Jeremiah 17:5-8; Psalm 1; 1 Corinthians 15:12,16-20; Luke 6:17,20-26

Blessed are the poor, the hungry, the weeping — what can this mean? Is Jesus talking about “pie in the sky by-and-by when you die”? Well, perhaps in one sense, in that the “anawim” or “poor of God” won’t have to answer for the social sins that put them at the bottom of the heap. But a table conversation the other day brought up an interesting concept that relates to these beatitudes: that as devastating as the earthquakes in Haiti are, they could in a sense be a blessing because they have awakened the world to the needs of this poorest nation of the western hemisphere. Of course, the rich nations often have a short attention span, but if the response can be sustained for the long haul, Haiti could come out of this disaster better than before. That would be a true “life-out-of-death” Paschal Mystery scenario. Haiti has been poor for a long time, and the nation is 80% Catholic. What does it take to wake us up to the need?

Well, what does it take to wake us up to the need?

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