God became poor for us

This Sunday the lectionary readings are so rich that I could write at least five blog entries.

Wisdom 1:13 reminds us that “God did not make death, nor rejoices in the destruction of the living.”

The Gospel, Mark 5, 21-43,  tells of the cure of two women, full of beautiful details.

Jesus not only heals the woman with the flow of blood, but also calls out of her anonymity, her marginalized status. He calls her “daughter.” She is restored to health and to life in community.

Jesus brings the daughter of Jairus back to life: “Get up, little child.” And then he told the people to give her something to eat. She is restored to life and her family is entrusted to care for her, giving her the food needed to sustain life.

But what strikes me is the foundation of this love of God for us humans – God becoming flesh, becoming poor.

Paul urges the Corinthians  (2 Corinthians 8: 9) to generously aid those in need and gives the example of Christ:

You know well the generosity of Christ Jesus, our Lord. Although he was rich, he made himself poor to make you rich through his poverty.

Christ Jesus – God become flesh – comes among us as a poor person.

Would that all of us would recognize him in all the poor. The world would be much better if we did.

 

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