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What mercy looks like...

Many people hunger and thirst for adequate, even minimal food and drink. Many more people hunger and thirst for…

…justice

…a few minutes of time

…someone’s full undivided attention

…love

The naked are not only those in need of decent clothing. Some people are naked because they have been stripped of their human dignity, because they are…

…immigrants

…not heterosexual

…disabled

…poor

…bullied, for any number of reasons

Many are homeless because they have nowhere to live other than in our streets and alleys. Others are homeless because they are…

…victims of domestic abuse

…not paid a living wage

…outcast from their family or culture

…”different”

Some sick and imprisoned are in hospitals and prisons. Others cry out to be visited because they are…

…in nursing homes, forgotten by their families

…mentally ill

…victims of some other form of prejudice

…lonely

Dead bodies are not all that need to be buried. Other things that ought to die and be buried are…

…grudges

…self-centeredness

…judgmental attitudes

…a refusal to forgive

…a refusal to be forgiven

Any of these (and many more) are what it means to do a work of mercy. Any of these, big or small, is an act of love.

And whatever we do even to the least significant, least important, least lovable of our brothers and sisters, we do to him.

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