When the conclave of 2013 was finishing up, and Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected pope, Cardinal Hummes of Brazil came up to him and whispered into his ear: “Don’t forget the poor.” In emphasizing “a poor Church for the poor,” Pope Francis is continuing an ancient and powerful tradition that stretches right back to the Bible, including our first reading and Gospel for today.

Mass Readings

Reading 1 – Amos 6:1A, 4-7
Psalm – Psalm 146:7-10
Reading 2 – 1 Timothy 6:11-16
Gospel – Luke 16:19-31