God calls us to love the outcasts of society. Moreover, he wants us to love poor people so much that we ought to provide sustenance, clothing, housing, and whatever else our brothers and sisters need. Jesus wants us to visit prisoners and to bring fellowship to people who are confined to various institutions and hospitals. Thus, we are called not to judge but to love. An example of this occurred during the Great Depression when Frances Perkins became the first woman to serve in a presidential cabinet.
Ms. Perkins, whose feast we celebrate today, implemented a 40-hour work week, ended child labor, initiated unemployment relief, Social Security, and much more. She fostered massive public works programs that remedied the massive unemployment situation in our nation. She raised the downtrodden to the human dignity God intends for his children.
Today, May 13, is not only the day when we celebrate human dignity with Frances Perkins, but it is also the day when we read Christ’s similar message in the Daily Office.