Looking at his disciples, He said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the Kingdom of God. (Luke 6:20)
In Anthony Robbins book, Awaken the Giant Within, he tells the defining moment of Mother Teresa’s life after a few years as a nun teaching well-to-do children. On a walk in Calcutta, she responded to cries from a dying woman. She rushed the woman to two different hospitals where the staff ignored her because of the woman’s low ranking in the caste system. Without hope of medical help, Mother Teresa loved the woman in her home until she died in her arms that night.
As Jesus comforted His disciples, Mother Teresa comforted the poor. They surrendered their worldly possessions and luxuries to follow Him with no assurance of a place to sleep, but Jesus guaranteed them a place in heaven.
Father God. You’re amazing. Help me follow you and value the poor as you do, comforting them.