Monday, December 27, 2010

Why are we afraid?

So if I told you that a young child was born in a local emergency shelter during the last snowstorm, would you have any trouble calling the child homeless?

If I told you that same child ran away from home as a young boy and spent three days or so without his parents knowing where he was, you wouldn't have any problem calling the child at least temporarily homeless, would you?

If that same child grew up and as an adult told people that he didn't have a place to call his own...again we would have no trouble calling him homeless would we?

Yet for some the thought of calling Jesus homeless really is troubling. Why?
Maybe it is because if we acknowledge Jesus was at the VERY least temporarily homeless than we need to reevaluate how we look at the problem of homelessness.

See if Jesus was homeless then how could we then simply turn on backs on the homeless people we see? How could we only worry about the problem of homelessness during times such as thanksgiving and Christmas?

Maybe for some the idea of a homeless savior seems a little "icky". I would think that is the same feelings that the early Jewish people felt when their warrior king turned into the suffering servant.

I obviously have been thinking about homelessness a lot lately and the more I think about it the more I wonder how Jesus feels as he is watching how we treat the homeless....

I wonder..

“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ (Matthew 25:45)

I wonder...


Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Open up!

A friend of mine wrote this...

You need to read it

JESUS WAS HOMELESSby Matthew Works(c.)1999
Jesus was homeless,and so were Peter and Paul.
How can the churches, then, lock their doors on the least among us all ? What you do to the least of His brothers-and-sisters you do to the Son of God;
and, should one of these least ones freeze to death,it's because your heart has grown hard.

If Store 24 can be open for twenty-four hours a day,then how can the Body of Christ on Earth turn any body away ?

In truth, there are no excusesfor the poor to be treated this way.
If only the churches would open their doors homelessness could be ended today.
God wants us to respond with compassion to the plight of the homeless and poor.
So, come on, all you bishops, and all of you priests,first your hearts, and,
then, open those doors !