Primitive religion is not believed, it is danced!

Arthur Darby Nock

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
And only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.

Elizabeth Browning

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Feeding, Being Fed

…if Jesus said “I was hungry and you fed me,” then Christ’s presence is not embodied in those
who feed the hungry (as important as that work is), but Christ’s presence is in the hungry being fed                                                                                                                       Nadia Bolz-Weber, Accidental Saints, p.47

there they are
those who would shame the poor
who would call them lazy and wretched


how dare they

violate the way of Jesus

there we are
Pope Francis
and all those who would heed the call

to feed the hungry
clothe the naked
house the homeless
comfort the afflicted

ah yes
we are the ones
who the live the way of Christ
we are Christ’s hands and feed

well actually
we are not

we are simply those with the privilege
of greeting Jesus
as he comes

yes that person
that one we feel so righteous serving
is Jesus

and it is our honor
to hold that wrinkled hand
to looking into those eyes
so filled with pain and hopelessness
and greet
the Christ

who comes
and comes again
in the least of these

it is Jesus
the same Jesus who knelt in the dust
and washed feet
and then asked his shocked followers
to washing his feet

that is the way it is with this one
who is in me
and you
and is in everyone we meet
this one who comes
to minister and be ministered to

yes, Jesus is in use as we  listen
and care
and as we try desperately to be real

but Christ is also in that one
we would look on with pity
Christ is in that one
looking out in love

reaching out
to touch the hunger
and pain
and loneliness

Jesus reaching out to touch
The parts of us that are poor
or blind
or crippled

Christ is there
Seeing use as we really are
(for those who are hurt see through all the bullshit better than anyone)

And yes,

Christ is there
and loving
and seeking to touch those who
would shame and exclude

yes them too

for Jesus does stuff

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