Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you … For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink.        – Mt. 25:35

Reflection. Most people cannot reach out to the poor because they are afraid — of them, their neighborhoods, even their children.  When fear begins to breed division, it becomes a spiritual problem.  We are victims of our own fears when we allow them to shape our decisions and our personality.

Prayer. Lord, You alone can give me the grace to see beyond my present fears.  Help me to be compassionate to those in need so that I do not dwell so much on my own miseries.