And Jesus told the crowds, listening intently, “I know you are good God people and you won’t to please God, but you can’t do everything and be everything to everybody. For example, you are not responsible for children you did not procreate. Feeding your own clan and taking care of their needs is your first and only responsibility. If people can’t practice responsible birth control or bring an appropriate number of children into the world, then let those people suffer watching their children suffer. Any questions? Good. Now move out and go take care of your families.” (Matthew 97:102-105, Goofed-Up Bible)
God, dear God,
Enable us to know the world through the Bible and to know the Bible through the world, and in our knowing let us know intimately the deepest struggles and contradictions of the marginalized.
Make us question daily, why don’t they know us?
Move our snatches of time, move our actions, toward a depth of intimacy both unanticipated and startling.
Make us question daily, what is missing?
Make us question daily, why is the Christian life collectively anemic and ineffectual?
Make us question daily, what thwarts the deepest reality of the Christina social imagination?
Construct our lives to be lives of joining, belonging, connecting, and intimacy.
Draw others in our circle of concern.
Let there be – let there be microcosms of the great transformation.
Bring us patiently to the present moment to listen quietly and patiently to voices rarely heard, to ask questions about things only now entering the horizon of reflection and reality.
Help us seek a deeper soil, a deeper soil which is not easily unearthed.
Amen. And amen.