I have a book within arm’s reach of my desk, What Did Jesus Ask? The book is an interesting collection of essays by prominent leaders that reflect on questions that Jesus asked. Jesus guides us with questions. A few examples …
“Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye?”
“Can the blind lead the blind?”
“Will you really lay down your life for me?”
Pope Francis takes Jesus’ lead and teaches us with questions. It is effective.
Earlier this year when speaking to the Milanese magazine “Scarp de’ Tenis,” Francis was asked about panhandling. The interviewer asked the question I hear over and over when I discuss giving to homeless people: What if the panhandler uses the money for a glass of wine? The Pope answered with this question:
What if this was his only happiness?
He followed with three more deeply probing questions:
What happiness do you secretly seek?
What other sources of happiness do you have that he doesn’t have?
How do you pass by helping such a man, leaving it to another?
With his questions, Pope Francis leads me to examine my approach to giving. Give from your heart without prejudice or preconceived bias. That is a good place to start.