Sunday, October 14, 2018
the Great ones
" The great do not regard themselves;
look not for godliness
... in a self-conceited man.
Eminence does not consist in
... outward show and vaunting words, ...
nor dignity in hauteur and pretension. "
- Shaykh Sa'adi Shirazi
where do we find the great ones?
the ones who touch hearts and souls
and carry others through the terrors of this world?
look not to the corner office
nor the pulpit
look not to the capital building or the White House (especially not there)
look not to those who preen and boast
who stand in front of thousands
preaching or ranting
nor to the ones who wear the accessories of success
and gather all things to themselves
look instead to the half way house
the homeless shelter
look to the classroom
and that dank kitchen in the basement of an old church building
look at the bent body, in the veteran’s hat
at the grandmother shepherding her grandchildren
look in the places where the “least of these” are served
and look toward the quiet ones who humbly attend
with compassion and kindness
with acceptance and encouragement
look for those, not with shiny gold veneers
but for those with deep souls
who reach out their hands to
the lost, the poor
the ill, the agitated
the dirty, the ragged
look to those who reach out to the vulnerable ones of this world
and in doing so
for to such belong the Kingdom