Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Today, in Mercy, Jesus poses a question to his followers:
“What is the Kingdom of Heaven like?” It is rhetorical question and he goes on to explain, in beautiful symbols, the joy and fullness of heaven.
But were Jesus walking physically among us today, He might answer his own question by saying:
This is what it is NOT like:
- the killing of innocents because of their faith, heritage, lifestyle or politics
- the starvation and incarceration of children from Yemen to Mexico to Syria
- the fueling of war by an economy of arms sales
- the destruction of an environment given to us in trust
- the systematic dehumanization of humanity through violence, lies, greed, and political arrogance
- the ignorant indifference in “good” people which blindly fosters such dehumanization
Indeed, Rachel weeps for her beloved martyrs in Pittsburgh, for her dear children in Jeffersonville – as do all of decent and loving heart. And she weeps also for thousands who die daily from the failure of love. She weeps for all of us. In a society this sick with violence and hate, we are all victims.
Let us all choose the only survival — to act in mercy, justice and love. Let us do so to the memory of these martyrs and the many whom they follow.
Music: Shalom Aleichem