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An "attitude of gratitude" -- part of the reason Jesus is poor, for us.

Several people mentioned how the end of my sermon this past Sunday has helped “set the tone” for their Thanksgiving, so I thought I would re-cap it here, as a bit of a Thanksgiving message. The passage from Sunday was Jesus separating humanity, as a shepherd separates sheep from goats, into two groups: those who are blessed and those who are accursed. The blessed are blessed because they, during their lives, fed Jesus when he was hungry, gave him something to drink when he was thirsty, visited him when he was a stranger, took care of him when he was sick, and visited him when he was in prison. The accursed are those who did not do any of those things for him. The first point I was making is how this passage changes the way we think of outreach, or serving the poor: It’s not that we transform the lives of the poor by being Christ-like to them, it’s that Christ transforms our lives by being poor-like to us. I spoke personally about this dynamic, and that is what many pe