WIDOWS - 2 Pentecost, Proper 5
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The Son of Life meets a son of death --
there is something about Jesus that sucks the death out of people.
For a widow, the death of an only son is a tragedy beyond just the loss of a beloved child. Women without a husband or son were the lowest of the low in society - forced to return to their families' homes - they would live a life beholden to anyone who would take them in. The gift of life given by Elijah and Jesus was life for the entire community. Widows in the Bible symbolize all who have lost everything and are forced to rely on others for support and nurture. Our care of the "widow" shows our true discipleship.