Friday, November 20, 2015
"Jesus entered the temple area and proceeded to drive out those who were selling things..."
"Pray-As-You-Go" this morning asks the question, What was it that made Jesus so angry in the temple that he flew into rage like this? What would have caused him to react so powerfully, turning over their tables? In thinking about it, I'm pretty sure it was greed that was making Jesus so mad. The merchants and money-changers were cheating the poorer people and not giving them a fair shake. People who were offering sacrifices in the temple needed to purchase birds and other items relating to their offerings and they were being taken advantage of by the merchants and money-changers. It makes sense to me. Jesus was all about the little guy, the poor widow, the downtrodden, the outcast. Can we get passionate about these same folks today? Can we get our ire up about injustice and people being mistreated in our day? What tables of injustice can we turn over on our Friday? That sure seems to be Jesus' passion...shouldn't it be ours, too? Love, heidi
Thursday, November 19, 2015
"The journey of peacemaking is not easy. It may be easy to be a lover of peace, but it is more difficult to be a worker for peace, a maker of peace, day in and day out."
Jean Vanier, "Finding Peace"
The putting it into practice is the hard part, certainly. I can admire peace and justice, but I need to be able to practice it, day in and day out in my own circle of influence...and that's hard. Yesterday, I had an experience that taught me just how far away I am from this ideal. I was getting my hair cut and two other ladies in the small shop were having a rather loud political discussion. The things they were saying were very offensive to me and I could feel my blood start to boil. I beckoned my stylist to come closer and I whispered to her, through clenched teeth, "Let's fire up that blow dryer NOW!" I couldn't take another word, but yet, didn't want to speak up and take a more peaceful stance to what they were saying. I couldn't speak up for the people they were denigrating; I was too afraid of offending them. Instead, I chose to drown them out. Shame on me. Later, of course, I thought of a better approach. I should have, very kindly, explained to them that I was offended by how they were speaking of others. I could have been a worker for peace instead of just a lover of peace. Lord, please help me to stand up for those put down. Help me to speak up kindly and with compassion for all, even for the people speaking unkindly. Please help me to be a worker for peace, not just an admirer of peace. Day in and day out. Love, heidi
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
"Zacchaeus, come down quickly, for today I must stay at your house."
Monday, November 16, 2015
"What do you want me to do for you?"