“Emerging” Luke 5:33-39
33 They asked him, “John’s disciples are well-known for keeping fasts and saying prayers. Also the Pharisees. But you seem to spend most of your time at parties. Why?” 34 Jesus said, “When you’re celebrating a wedding, you don’t skimp on the cake and wine. You feast. Later you may need to pull in your belt, but this isn’t the time. As long as the bride and groom are with you, you have a good time. 35 When the groom is gone, the fasting can begin. No one throws cold water on a friendly bonfire. This is Kingdom Come! 36 “No one cuts up a fine silk scarf to patch old work clothes; you want fabrics that match. 37 And you don’t put wine in old, cracked bottles; 38 you get strong, clean bottles for your fresh vintage wine. 39 And no one who has ever tasted fine aged wine prefers unaged wine.”
There is much unrest in the City, on the streets, and in our nation. Last night one young guy, 18, was crying, and I asked him what was going on, and he said that he was turned away from a program because he was told that he only wanted to “use” them for their services. Services are under pressure, they are struggling, But what I see in the struggle is an emerging society that is at the cross roads.
In our Scripture the Pharisees were angry with Jesus simply because he was not following the law–within seventy years they would be swept away, the new would come.
We have a choice in what is emerging, each in our own small way. It is like when people make fun of me for having my peace vigil and soon my homeless vigil down at civic center–because I am alone–but each week I talk to a lot of people, pro and con, and in time those numbers have mounted, it is in the little things that we accomplish things. It is in talking and communicating that we accomplish, for in talking and communicating we see each other’s humanity.
E. Chapman said: “Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.” Yesterday I said some things to a friend without thinking, those actions vibrate. I am sorry, but my words in the present hurt someone. We can make choices. So we can choose to support a government that minimizes the poor; we can choose to support government spending that overlooks the basic needs of the poor and middle class; we can sit in our own “tribes” and separate ourselves from those who are different from us–or we can emerge into an open,free, and loving society where all have health care, housing, and food. That is attainable in our country. We can emerge and look at the damage that we do either directly or indirectly through our federal government in the Middle East and recognize the migrant crisis in Europe as our problem as well.
The call of Jesus invites us to emerge into bringing his reign of God into being. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!