Apocalypse Now

Matthew 25: 42-45 In his inaugural address in 1961, President John F. Kennedy stated; “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” And, Jesus said, “I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink; I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.' "Then they themselves also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?' "Then He will answer them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.'” We live in a world, right now, where righteousness is absent: a world where there is no real justice, where freedom is for sale, and liberty is walled out and equality non-existent. This is a world to fear; a world where righteousness is in exile; a country where the economic engine of capitalism is thought of as more important than ethics or morality; where the economy supports the rich while the rest of us wallow in economic slavery. Again, this is a world to fear; in a country where the flag, the military, our democracy and the police are no longer markers for justice, freedom, liberty and equality, but instead are inverted to foster the powerful, the rich one percent and the ruling class. The economic engine of capitalism, which once supported our democratic system so that we could talk the talk and walk the walk of the ethics of morality and the ideals of freedom, liberty, justice and equality, has become a thing of worship that has walled out those ideals, and by extension faith, hope and love, as well as grace, mercy and forgiveness through the risen Christ. This year has been a year of wandering in the wilderness for many. This is apocalypse now, and though it may not be the apocalypse spoken of in the Book of Revelation, it is an apocalypse for each one of us who don’t hear the words of Jesus asking for a simple presence in the lives of those less fortunate than we. Jesus said, “Love God and love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law.” So, as we move toward Christmas and the New Year, it is my hope that we will have ears to hear and eyes to see those in need and respond lovingly and accordingly. May God bless each of you through this Advent Season.