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The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
— Matthew 25:40 (NIV)
When I see a person on the side of the road asking for food or money, it is easy to find an excuse not to stop. It might not be safe to stop. I don’t know if I can spare the money. What if this person is part of a scam? It’s far easier and safer, we think, to say a prayer in these situations. But sometimes we fail even to do that.
Today’s reading describes a widow who had only enough flour and oil to make a last meal for herself and her son. From out of nowhere came a man who asked her to make a small loaf of bread for him. The widow did as he asked. How many of us would do the same? I’m sure we’d like to think we would, but we should ask ourselves, How many times a week am I asked to do something much easier, and I decline?
The woman was blessed immeasurably for her generosity; she was kept alive by God in a time of famine. Later, the man repaid her by asking God to restore her son’s life, which God did. God gives us choices every day. May we choose wisely.
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