The poor save us because they enable us to encounter the face of Jesus Christ. In the heart of the pilgrim People of God there beats that saving power which excludes no one and involves everyone in a real pilgrimage of conversion, to recognize the poor and to love them.This encounter, with those whose lives have been so different from ourselves, has the chance of relativizing the divisions we find most important. It can be a powerful way for the Holy Spirit, who shows us the face of Christ, to gather the Church to common cause and action–participation in communion–such as that deepened care for our common home and “a renewed commitment to building a just peace” in places of conflict. I’m grateful that the IL shook me out of assumptions about “hot-button issues” taking centre-stage, such as questions about gender and sexuality. The document does take them up, especially in the worksheet questions (B.1.2, B.2.3). At the same time, I’m mindful that even those issues we like to focus on in the West are, in many places around the world, deeply intertwined with the effects of poverty and climate change. This is acutely the case regarding the role of women, many of whom bear a heavy load of emotional, spiritual, and physical labour "in remote places and in challenging social contexts” and yet “are frequently the main agents of pastoral care and evangelization" (B.2.3, see also Querida Amazonia #99-103). Surely the Church throughout the world is called to listen to the anxieties and concerns of all of its members, as well as their stories of resilience and creativity in the face of these threats. May this framing priority, this encounter with Jesus Christ in the poor at the General Assembly, even reframe our approach to divisive issues, and foster that resilience and creativity to find new and vital ways to deepen our communion and mission.