In other words Jesus is coming look Busy….That saying and this text always seemed odd to me. I mean the whole dire warning be ever vigilant...be on watch, be on guard because God , the son of man, may just show up and poof one will be gone and one will be left standing alone on a hill.
You know what? we are terrible at this…We are the opposite of that energizer bunny we are never ready. Well almost never ready. Maybe , a select few who can see the end is nigh prepare themselves and try to prepare their loved ones otherwise the rest of us go about living our lives minute by minute hour by hour never looking back…never really looking ahead and definitely never looking side to side.
I mention side to side because this is the time of year most human kind looks to the side, to the margins. It is almost as if Christmas has become a time of a giant guilt trip and we do all we can do to make up for lost time or at least a little something to ease our guilt. That does not say much for us. One of the great things about being human is our great potential for love and to figure things out.
What would happen if the world stopped trying to get more stuff, buy more stuff, and become president just in order to be able to say I am the winner? What would happen if we stopped and instead of saying not in my back yard we said yes in my yard, yes how can we help, yes we can build a high-rise of no cost units that the city maintains and supports for those who cannot support themselves.
Yes I know it is a crazy idea. Yes I know there are all sort of logistics that surround it but what would happen if a whole city, country, world decided that care of those in the margins should and has now become our highest priority. What would happen if we became a completely egalitarian society? I know Pie in the sky or star trek but any way…
Our time on this planet is so short and we cannot possibly do everything but if we do just one thing it makes a difference. Live your life for today. Be aware of the here and now. Pay attention to the world around you. Around you; that is in front of you, behind you and whats on the left or right. Who is left in the margins?
For some reason we think we have a whole lifetime even when there are constant reminders that things happen…there are constant reminders that no one and nothing is forever…there are always reminders that there is no next guy…you know what I mean…the whole concept that is somebody else’s problem. Someone else will do something about it…Well there is no next guy and there never has been! The next Guy is you/Us!
Jesus through the Gospel calls out to each and every one of us to be ready, to expect God’s call on our hearts, on our lives and in our daily day to day. But not only to expect God, not only to pay attention to God in our life’s but to respond to it. Too truly stop and say how can I be your hands in the world today? Better yet say yes I will be your hands and feet and ears and eyes in the world today.
You know national security and even our local LAPD have a thing “see something say something” How does that transliterate here? I mean it truly does, doesn’t it? God is saying be at the ready…If you see something, say something, DOOOOO Something. For God sake do something!
Oh I hear your head and your heart having a fight now. I should do something; there are things I can do says the heart but the head the stops things up. It says no you need that extra dollar! Oh no I need that extra minute. My time is precious! I work hard for my Money! I will get in trouble if I say something. I pray for them that’s enough.
Praying is never enough. Oh what did that preacher just say? I said praying is never enough! Praying is a first step! If you are called to pray for someone, for some action, for some tragedy, that is just a first step. The next step is to get up and do something more. Maybe you are moved by a tragedy in the news. It may even be a global event or around the world. Yes pray but then do something locally.
In this time in this place where human capacity for hatred seems to be growing…it’s not, it is just getting more coverage, respond with love and action. Go through your cupboards and donate that can of peas you are never going to eat. Make a donation to the AIDS Life cycle. Go to a local rally and be there to offer comfort and prayer.
Go to the Global Ministries website of the UCC and see what you may be able to contribute too. You do not have money to spare take the change out of your pocket every night and put it in a jar. I bet by Easter you will have a few dollars to donate. Be brave volunteer with the interfaith food pantry they have times and volunteer needs on their website.
As you know I had started the solar empowerment project in Tijuana. I am happy to say they are near completion and starting a final stage. I will have a campaign up and running in the next week to fund the final $8700 dollars needed for the project. Now I do not have $8700 heck technically I have no money. But I have time and energy and I can write and I can ask. You can ask as well for this or any other project.
We are all given by God hands hearts eyes and brains or at least o few of these things. It only takes one of these to make a small difference. In this season of Advent let us become ready. Let us keep our eyes on the worlds around us and see where we can bring Love, Hope and joy. Do not let fear and anger be your guide but the love of God. If we allow the love of Christ in our lives to be our Guide then this will be a joyous Christmas season. If you allow the practice of sharing your god given Gifts with the other then this will be a year of Gods reign, Gods Kindom here on earth. And when the time comes, and it will, we can look into the light of all love and say I am ready for you Lord.