"You will always have the poor among you..." (John 12)
This verse has been used as our excuse to not engage the poor. That is wrong. That is not why Jesus said this. This was a response to Judas' false concern for the poor. Jesus was setting him straight. He did not say this to excuse us for all of time from considering, befriending and being with poor people. In fact, part of his point was that we would have plenty of time to be with the poor.
Tonight, I was with a group of young people that are getting it. They are going to be church leaders, mayors, business people, parents and a whole host of possibilities. But I know that whatever they do, they will remember the poor and that gives me great hope. We can get it right too.
No excuses, no false concern...we can do it.