Pentecost 12, Friday, Year B

Inspired by Job 12:1-25

“Those at ease have contempt for misfortune, but it is ready for those whose feet are unstable.” Job 12:5 (NRSV)

In the world are many who are suffering, who are crying out for help. Some people are trying to help, but many more ignore such suffering, turning a blind eye to it. Or worse, justifying it as deserved and appropriate.

When things are going well for us, it is easy to get comfortable in our good fortune, believing it to be a result of our own hard work and good choices. Hard work and good choices can certainly increase the likelihood of good fortune, but they are no guarantee, and misfortune can strike any of us, at any time, for whatever reason. We can never be completely sure that we are on solid footing. Nothing separates us from the suffering of the less fortunate except our circumstances, and circumstances can change in an instant.

But God’s grace is eternal, and the power of the body of Christ is greater than any misfortune that any of us can experience. Rather than blaming the victims of misfortune, let us recognize them as suffering members of our own body, and use our resources to ease their pain. Just as we would want them to do for us, if our situations were reversed.

Let us pray. God of mercy, you stand in solidarity with those who suffer. Help us to be generous and merciful to those less fortunate, that we may reflect the generosity and mercy you have shown to us in our own lives. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.