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Living in the whole earth

Monday, February 14, 2005

Matthew 25:31-32
Jesus is speaking,

When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him.

I suppose the French mostly think the whole world is French, the Chinese that the world is Chinese, and I know I as an American often forget that there just aren't that many Americans in the whole world. Most world citizens are not Americans. By far.

All the nations gathered before Jesus, then, will include lots more folks than the people I see everyday. Out of 100 people, 80 will be not be white, 67 will not be Christian, 25 will live in terrible housing, 17 won't be able to read, 13 will be malnourished. I will be one of the 20 people who are receiving nearly 90% of the group's total income.*

Because I have a computer, because I am literate, and because I have time to read them, statistics like this are available to me every day. Reading them I rediscover my short-sighted self-centeredness.

Jesus goes on to say, "Whatever you do for the least of my brothers, you do for me." Who hurts the most, who has less than anyone? What do I do for him? Jesus wants to know.

None of us is alone. "Every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main." We are surrounded by each other, and if one of us is not in need, the other is. If one is not hurting, the other is. There is no privilege I can take for granted. Nothing I have really belongs to me. The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it.

Father, let me hold lightly to what you have given me, and share it all.


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