“There is a generation whose teeth are swords, and whose fangs like knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men” (Proverbs 30:14).
WHEN I READ today’s text, I remembered this well-known saying “I’m going to fight tooth and nail.” This saying refers to some people attitude when they have an argument, which seems more like a fierce battle to the worse consequences. Of course, in the animal kingdom this fact does not surprise us much. We have all seem documentaries, or even real scenes where, because they cannot reason, animals bite each other to defend themselves. Thank God we, who have been created in His likeness, have the ability to reason, through which we can think, reflect and make common sense decisions, without hurting, wounding or tainting others. However, the writer of Proverbs, uses this figure of thought to illustrate the way some people, try to exterminate the poor and the needy.
The poor are a very vulnerable population. It’s not only about those who lack material resources; we can also include in that group the emotionally underprivileged, those who lack spiritual resources, people who are weak in faith and many others who lack the means to cope with this life. How is our attitude toward them? Do we look down our noses at them because they are not rich or privileged? Do we talk to them with words that are actually swords and daggers of criticism, prejudice and discrimination?
Mercy is an essential virtue to get along well with fellow humans and it comes from God, it’s an attribute of His character. Mercy is defined by Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary every as the compassionate treatment of those in distress” and “a blessing that is an act of divine favor or compassion.» This trait should be present in a Christian woman’s life.
Let us be merciful; beginning with our inner family circle. May our words never be like swords or knives that kill the dignity of those who are under our care and responsibility. And may our actions always be motivated by love.
Let us take on God’s mercy, living in close fellowship with Him, in such a way that it may naturally flow through us and we may become healing instruments to others.