Orbiting Dicta

30th Sunday– About orphans, widows, and undocumented immigrants

Since last week at this time there has been a dismaying increase in the ranks of widows, orphans, undocumented immigrants, grieving parents, and frightened people everywhere – not just because of the Ebola virus scourging west Africa, but because of shootings and violence right here in our cities and towns.  Today’s readings are a sobering reminder that God looks on these who suffer from illness and violence and oppressive governments with a merciful eye…and expects a lot of us who claim to be Christian when doing something is paramount.  Hand-wringing is not enough.  Fences along porous borders are not the solution, either.  They are part of the problem, whether fences of steel and wire or fences of policy.

Enter Jesus.