Preferential Option for the Poor1. Jesus challenges us to give to the poor. He says that we care too much about materialistic items instead of love and giving to others. Jesus says we get to used to having all of these things, and we believe we are walking the path of christ, but what we are missing is the love and help we need to spread. He wants us to help out poor people by giving them money to help them out.2. This reference means that everyone needs God’s help. Just like the camel, it would be really hard or impossible for it to look through the eye of the needle, but when we have God’s assistance the camel could do it. This shows that even if it does seem impossible, we can always achieve it if we have the help of God. In life we need God’s help to make us make the right and catholic decisions.3. It takes a lifetime to because as just as we can be because every step that we need to make in order to become just is small. We can start making these steps by helping those in need of small favors, such as helping an old lady carry groceries or give money to the poor. Later on, for future steps we can use some of our own time to help those in need, such as volunteering at a retirement home.4. Solidarity with the poor is like solidarity with God because, we know that God has a special closeness with the poor and the rich do not share in it. This is known as the preferential option for the poor. The rich often put their possessions before God and the normally take priority over our religious values.5. We can say that because God does love everyone. We can see this because in the tory it says that he, even though they put their riches over him, still he will love them. Not only this but he says that he has a special closeness with the poor.Bible Passage1a) Matthew means by where your treasure is, there your heart will be also, that we should store our treasures not on earth, but in heaven. The verse says that if we place our treasures in heaven, our heart, mind and soul will be there also. This means that if our treasure is on earth, then we will have our attention on what is happening on earth, and not on what truly matters.1b) Yes, a person can be wealthy and server God, but they have to follow one guideline. In the passage it says that no one can follow to masters, this means you can either follow money or follow God.2a) We can love God when we love “The Least” of the people we encounter because God states, that by loving them, we are loving him. This means that we should love these people, because by doing that we are loving our God. He also says that they don’t need to make up to him in what he did for them, they just need to love “The Least” of the people, because in doing this we are loving God.2b) No, God is not asking for us to be heroic in the way we love others. I believe this because he says whatever we do for the least of his people we do for him. This means we could do a tiny task, such as help them out with tedious tasks, or let them borrow money. These tasks are not heroic, but we are still helping them, and helping God in the end2c) Personally, I do not believe this reading is troubling, but more comforting. I believe this because it is trying to tell us to do good onto others, because good will come back to us. This is a demonstration of the Golden Rule, and I believe it will encourage others to do good for those in need.3a) This parable is trying to teach us that when we are greedy, and wealthy, and we do not choose to share that wealth with the others around us, we will be treated as, we are treating the poor. I know this because in the parable the farmer is wealthy and has an abundance of extra crops, instead of donating these crops to the poor, he instead wants to build a bigger barn to contain it. 3b) We could apply these teachings to our life today because most people choose to ignore the poor. We can start by donating extra clothing we have that does not fit, to certain foundations or even the boxes that take them. We will be applying this parable to our life because it is telling us not to be greedy, and instead of keeping the extra materials that we do not use we should donate it.4a) Generosity in this parable is when the poor widow decides to donate some of her money to the well. This is generous because everyone else is giving their gifts out of wealth, while she is in poverty. This means she does not have a lot but is still deciding to help.Reflection Questions1: Three concrete ways in which we can make a difference in our world are: Helping the environment, helping the poor, and helping those that can not help themselves. Firstly, we can help the environment by: Using less electricity, recycling and reducing carbon emissions. These are all very simple and concrete. Secondly, we can help the poor by: Donating to charities, and if seeing them on the streets, give them some funds to help them out. Lastly, we can also help those who cannot help themselves, these would be the elderly. It can be as simple as helping them with groceries, or holding the door for them.2: Solidarity with the poor is like solidarity with God because, we know that God has a special closeness with the poor and the rich do not share in it. This is known as the preferential option for the poor. The rich often put their possessions before God and the normally take priority over our religious values. 3: Development and Peace targets the most vulnerable populations in our programs overseas. During humanitarian emergencies, we work with local partners who are in the best position to reach and provide aid to the most vulnerable individuals, such as widows and single mothers. (https://www.devp.org/en/cst/preferential-option). Another example would be charity’s in which we raise money or donate clothing to the poor.