Reaching Out to the Forgotten

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An old song says, “Christ has no body now but yours.” In today’s first reading from 1 Corinthians 12, St. Paul talks about the Body of Christ; not in the Eucharist, but in the people of God. We all have a part to play in the body. Are you doing yours?

We see a heartwarming story in today’s Gospel reading from Luke 7. Jesus is in the city of Nain when He comes across a funeral procession. The dead man was the only son of a widow. Jesus was moved with pity, and told the young man to come out of the coffin. He does, and everyone is amazed, indeed, fearful.

The Scriptures are filled with admonitions to care for the widow and the orphan. In those days, women were afforded status only because of their men. When their husbands died, they felt forgotten. And orphans no longer had parents. They, too, were forgotten. While widows and orphans surely represent “the least of these,” Jesus took this call quite literally. Are we reaching out to “the widow and the orphan?” Figuratively and literally? We should be.

Father, give us heart for the widow and the orphan, for all of those forgotten ones, our least brothers and sisters. May we, like Jesus, be moved with compassion for them. Amen.

Today’s Readings

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