Love the Outcasts – Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

[Nicholson Note:  I am sharing the Daily Devotion published by the Living Chruch Foundation and edited by  The Reverend Emily R. Hylden which was published yesterday May 13, 2016 which was the feast of Frances Perkins.  We venerated Ms. Perkins at Morning Prayer yesterday morning at Trinity Cathedral, Columbia and this devotion was used as a homily.]

 

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Love the Outcasts
Daily Devotional • May 13 • Feast of Frances Perkins
By the Rev. Dr. Edward Ambrose

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.

Matthew 9:9-17

As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. 10And as he sat at dinner in the house, many tax collectors and sinners came and were sitting with him and his disciples. 11When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 12But when he heard this, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.”

14Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?” 15And Jesus said to them, “The wedding guests cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. 16No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old cloak, for the patch pulls away from the cloak, and a worse tear is made. 17Neither is new wine put into old wineskins; otherwise, the skins burst, and the wine is spilled, and the skins are destroyed; but new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.”

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