“WHAT YOU DO TO THE LEAST OF MY PEOPLE, THAT YOU DO TO ME” (Willard Jabusch)

“When I was hungry, you gave me to eat;

When I was thirsty, you gave me to drink;

now enter into the home of my Father.

When I was homeless, you opened your door;

When I was naked, you gave me your coat;

Now enter into the home of my Father.

When I was weary, you helped me find rest;

When I was anxious, you calmed all my tears;

Now enter into the home of my Father.

When I was little, you taught me to read;

When I was lonely, you gave me your love;

Now enter into the home of my Father.

When in a prison, you came to my cell;

When on a sickbed, you cared for my needs;

Now enter into the home of my Father.

In a strange country, you made me at home;

Seeking employment, you found me a job;

Now enter into the home of my Father.

Hurt in a battle, you bound up my wounds;

Searching for kindness, you held out your hand;

Now enter into the home of my Father.

When I was laughed at, you stood my my side;

When I was happy, you shared in my joy;

Now enter into the home of my Father.

Beginning in the season Advent, we anticipate; we look forward to the coming of the presence of God into our world. We celebrate the incarnation; God coming alive in human flesh, reminding us of the words found in Genesis; “And He created them, male and female: in His image he created them.” These words remind us of what it means to be human. We are called to be conscious – to be aware of all that is – the Cosmos itself in all of it’s wonder and that we are part of that. We are part of Creation becoming conscious and responsible as co-creators. We are also reminded that we are all intimately connected in creation with the breath of God touching all of life and each unique individual.

We become aware, through the incarnation, that God is mother and father; giving birth, deeply in love with life in all of it’s possibilities. When we read the story of Cain and Abel, we read the story of jealousy, greed and human fear; the fear of not being loved or noticed. The crucifixion of Jesus reminds us of the deep divisions, created by fear, within the human person. Jesus taught the disciples about the love that Abba – Father – has for His creation – giving up everything for the sake of the beloved. Easter demonstrates that we find new life by letting our delusions and fears die. And the Feast of Pentecost reminds us of the Spirit of Life that was within Jesus, is within us today – life in all of it’s wonderful diversity filled with life. Our job is to look within ourselves and experience that Spirit, letting go of the fear and proclaiming the Good News by our actions; by our life. To do this, we are called to recognize, with the disciples, that that Spirit is already present and active, drawing us forward. But we are blind and think that we can see.

What we see of often, is our own little world that we have created for ourselves. Like Cain, we are convinced that the universe centers around us. We are filled with self and self-pity and jealousy. We are like the three year old, doing everything to get attention and then we find out that we get more attention by striking out at others and having tantrums. The Gospel message calls us to let go of ourselves and to look outward, seeing the world through the eyes of God who cannot NOT love. God is love come alive. The feast of Pentecost reminds us that that Spirit resides in each of us in a unique way. When we really look – we see the face – the hands – of God in everything and we stand in wonder and awe. We are therefore called to understand our call – each of us is called and gifted in unique ways. We are called to be gift to one another. As Jesus was and is gift to the world, we are called to be gift to one another. God comes alive in the human spirit and engages in the struggles to become fully human. It is indeed a struggle to let go of our own self-centeredness and to see that we are part of something much larger than we can imagine. We help each other along the way. There is no such thing as a self-made man or woman – we all get by with a little help from our friends. This happens when we allow others to be gift to us and for ourselves to be gift to them. All are welcome to the table – to be fed with forgiveness, compassion and love.

THE CALL OF PENTECOST IS TO BECOME ONE WITH THE CHRIST: WE ARE CALLED TO LET GO OF OUR CHILDISH DEMANDS THAT EVERYONE BE GIFT TO ME AND TO IDENTIFY AND NURTURE THE GIFT THAT WE ARE FOR OTHERS, AND THEN WITH FULL GENEROSITY OF HEART – TO GIVE GIVE IT AWAY WITHOUT COST – TO BE GIFT FOR ONE ANOTHER, RECOGNIZING THAT SPIRIT OF GOD THAT GIVES US EVERYTHING THAT WE HAVE AND ARE.

A VERY SPIRIT FILLED PENTECOST TO YOU, ONE AND ALL.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s