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Jesus presented a widow (Lk 18:1-8) as a symbol of helplessness in Biblical times. Compared to any other books written, the Bible gives utmost importance to the care and protection of widows. God commanded the nation of Israel to take particular care of widows and orphans. God commanded through Moses: “You shall not harm the widow or the orphan. If you do harm them and they cry out to me, I will definitely hear them, and my anger will blaze and I will kill you with the sword, and your own wives will become widows and your own children orphans” (Ex 22:21-23). Psalm 68:5 presents God as the defender of the widows. God asked the Israelites to give full participation to widows and orphans (amongst others), in the celebration of the Feast of Weeks and the Feast of Tabernacles (Deut 16:11-14).

Jesus, the Son of God, also gave exceptional treatment to widows: He raised the dead son of a widow in the city of Nain (Lk 7:11-17). He spoke highly of a poor widow who could offer only two small copper coins in the Temple treasury. “But a poor widow also came and dropped in two small coins, the equivalent of a penny. Then Jesus called his disciples and said to them, ‘truly I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who gave offerings. For all of them gave out of their abundance, but she gave from her poverty and put in everything she had, her very living’” (Mk 12:42-44). Jesus criticized the Scribes “who devour widows’ houses” (Lk 20:47). While dying on the cross, Jesus entrusted his widowed mother to John’s care (Jn 19:25-27).


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