This post appears on Becky Eldredge’s website as part of her ongoing series during the Year of Mercy. I am grateful as always to offer my thoughts, and was particularly challenged by this piece on clothing the naked!
When I agreed to write this reflection, I expected to remind readers about the importance of spring cleaning and dutifully taking our gently used items to the local second-hand store. I did not anticipate that I would unearth questions of vulnerability, the dignity of the human body, and the (perceived) value we place on material goods.
When we are called to clothe the naked, we are bidden to watch over those who are unduly exposed to the physical elements, those who are subject to unjust working conditions, and the personal choices we make in regards to our own physical comfort.
Clothing the naked invites us to consider those who are without appropriate outerwear, but the heart of this work of mercy – nakedness – is tied to vulnerability. Above all else, we are called to clothe the poor with dignity.