You have the poor with you always, you will not always have me. John 12:8

“To choose the little people, the little joys, the little sorrows and to trust that it is there that God will come close—that is the hard way of Jesus. . . . Something in me always wants to turn the way of Jesus into a way that is honorable in the eyes of the world. I always want the little way to become the big way. But Jesus’ movement toward the places the world wants to move away from cannot be made into a success story. Every time we think we have touched a place of poverty, we will discover greater poverty beyond that place. . . . Beyond physical poverty is mental poverty, beyond mental poverty there is spiritual poverty, and beyond that there is nothing, nothing but the naked trust that God is mercy. . . . Only with Jesus can we go to the place where there is nothing but mercy. . . . Action with and for those who suffer is the concrete expression of the compassionate life and the final criterion of being a Christian.”

to read the rest of this devotional see Show Me the Way: Daily Lenten Readings by Henri Nouwen