Reading between the lines: God told Elijah she told a widow to provide for him. That conversation is missing. The widow seems surprised by his demand, not request. Why would she do such a thing? Feed a stranger before her child? How do we tell the story in a world where some shepherds fleece their flock? The psalm reminds us not to trust in any human person [that would mean not even prophets]. Trust in the God who provides for orphan and widow. Does not God provide through other people? The epistle tells us to put our faith in action. We will be known by what we do. The gospel ties these threads together. Jesus is the liberating God who provides for widows and orphans in the flesh. And his gospel of love calls his followers to love in and through their actions.
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