WHATSOEVER YOU DO. (Gospel of Matthew)

Whatsoever you do the least of my brothers

That you do unto me

Whatsoever you do the least of my sisters,

That you do unto me.

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 weary, you helped me find rest;

When I was anxious, you calmed all my fears.

Now enter Ito the home of my Father.

When I was homeless, you opened the door;

When I was naked, you gave me your coat.

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.

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

When I was happy, you shared in my joy.

Now enter into the home of my Father.  

 

How many people do we actually know who are poor, dispossessed, in jail, starving or afraid?  Have we ever listened – really listened to those who seek shelter from fear or violence? Have we listened to those who are rejected – laughed at – those we are afraid of and heard their cry?

In all cultures, and throughout time, there have been refugees, seeking food and drink; food for the body and food for the soul. For over 200,000 years, our ancestors have travelled throughout the world, moving from Africa into Asia and Europe; into the Americas and Australia, shifting and adapting to different environments, but always looking for a place to be – a place where they would be safe. As populations grew, they shifted and invented. Culture has continued to become more complex with population growth and at the same time, change has accelerated. Complexity and Acceleration of Cultural Shift has been and continues to be a constant.

At the same time, people get used to one way; one way of behaving, of thinking, of believing, and change is threatening. People throughout the world become convinced that their way is the right way, the only way, and the way to fight for – to keep the aliens away. Change by it’s very nature is threatening and the mixture of cultures is change; it is assimilation of other ideas and ways. As we have moved from a Hunting/Gathering Age, through the development of the Agricultural Age and the development of cities and nations,, into and through the Industrial Age, and through the Technological Age, we see the advent of Artificial Intelligence and Robotization. As humanity has moved through these Ages, cultural shift has become more complex at an accelerating rate. Our present Age is threatening and moving at high speed – and we engage in push-back. We want to hold on to what used to be, but is changing rapidly and we have no control over this change. It has been this way from the beginning of time. We are in the very midst of radical Cultural Shift which in turn demands adaptation and a recognition that we are not in charge.

Population growth by it’s very reality changes our environment. We have an impact of the world – our air, land, water and space. These changes in turn impact the quality of life and change the way we live. Today, information is instantaneous and at times is overload; too much information to absorb and not always correct or incorrect – but in many cases, we are moving into a both/and world and leaving the either/or world behind. We each are a piece of the larger puzzle, and have a slice of the truth, but only in connection with all – we are a piece of something much larger that we can see – much like  a drop of water in the ocean or a grain of sand on the beach.

In times of radical change, chaos seems to be the norm and we strike out at all others. We walk in fear and anger. Our world is changing and I don’t have the power to do anything about it. What we need to come grips with is this reality. For billions of years, our little galaxy has been moving along, changing and being changed. We are part of that, in our own time and our own place. Evolution is a process of adapting or becoming extinct. The Gospel teaches us that we have in our hands, the power of life or death, recognizing that life is constantly experiencing new birth – life in it’s fullness is our call. Why are we afraid? Jesus asked his disciples this question time after time? Why are you afraid? Faith teaches us that a loving God is drawing us forward to the fullness of life. We are viatorians (pilgrims) together – sharing a journey of life and we need one another.

Whatsoever you do to the least of my people, that you do unto me.

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