December 19

Reflection

To turn away from marginalized people is to turn away from Jesus who identifies with them. Reflecting on the life of Jesus we see clearly that he always took the side of those who were powerless – the widow, the poor, the sinners, the sick.  As a nation, many of whose political leaders speak of “Christian values”, are our policies on immigration, our attitudes toward those in need of food stamps and health care, our tax policies in accord with this?  He said our lives will be judged by how we treat those in need.  “As you did to one of the least of my people, you did it to me”.

Prayer

O Compassionate God, help me to recognize the sacred in my ordinary everyday contacts with those who are in pain or deprived of the means of normal living.

Action

Try to see in every person a revelation of the love of God and act according to that insight. As a citizen be aware of how the words and actions of your political representatives mesh.

Suggested Reading

Jesus said to the crowds :“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest.”
Mt 11:28-30

Those who love others abide in the light, and there is no occasion of stumbling in them.”
1 John 2:10

Let your light shine before all in such a way that they may see your good works,
and glorify God.
Matthew 5:16

The message of Jesus shows us that the dignity of the human race is not found in its ability to control and dominate the Earth, nor is it found in the marvels of technology. Rather, our dignity is found in our intimate loving relationships within and among ourselves and with the whole community of species.
Jesus in the New Universe Story

The law should be a shield for the weak and powerless, not a club for the powerful.
Gov. Roy Barnes

Jesus did not say that the whole world should go to church. Essentially He said that the church should go to the whole world.
Greg Laurie

Until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each other’s welfare, social justice can never be attained.
Helen Keller

I want to live in a world where people become famous because of their work for peace and justice and care. I want the famous to be inspiring; their lives an example of what every human being has it in them to do — act from love!
Patch Adams

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