Caralie Focht

Caralie Focht is a PhD candidate in Hebrew Bible at Emory University. Her primary areas of interest include biblical trauma studies and queer approaches to the Bible.


Just as asylum seekers fill US migrant detention centers, so too this week’s lectionary readings address social injustices faced by the stranger and the poor. Both readings present consequences for those who fail to extend hospitality to the vulnerable other.

The king of Israel was charged with reciting a psalm that contained reflection and humility alongside confidence. Moreover, he was charged with waiting on God. If God’s own instrument in the Bible was charged with this, how much more are we?