I must confess that I didn't put too much thought into yesterday's blog. I've written on the subject a number of times before - surely 'good news to the poor' is old news? Liberation theologians firmly established the biblical and theological foundations for this idea in the 60's and 70's. Even the Vatican recognises the validity of statements like a 'preferential option for the poor'. For that matter, the idea was as essential to the roots of The Salvation Army in the 19th century, as it was to St Francis in the 13th, Jesus in the 1st and Moses a couple of millennia before that!
It's not that there's anything especially holy about the state of poverty. Poverty has no place in the Kingdom of God. We need to do everything in our power to eradicate poverty. The challenge that each of us faces is to ask how much we need to give up so that the scales of justice might become a little more even.