It struck me because I think that we middle class people (not just Christians) think that we should go into the inner-city and "rescue" people from their situation. We often feel as though we have all the answers and they have everything wrong. Is it possible that it is the other way around? Is it possible that people who live on the streets...those who don't worry about tomorrow, those who are not obsessed with money or material possessions actually have something to teach us? I think so.
So in response to the question, "Should I bring Jesus to the poor?" My answer would be a resounding, "NO!" Jesus is already there, let's go and find him, let's walk alongside people, maybe I have something I can offer them, maybe they have something they can offer me...we can learn from one another.
Check out the story of the Good Samaritan or the Sheep and the Goats from the bible for more on what has driven my thoughts on this. I think that by telling the Good Samaritan story, Jesus was saying something like, "those people you hate and look down on - the Samaritans - have something to teach you."