Do All the Good That You Can

DO ALL THE GOOD THAT YOU CAN

DO ALL THE GOOD THAT YOU CAN

Jeremiah 18-1-6 Stanley Rother Mathew 13:37-43

“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.”
John Wesley

These words of John Wesley were embedded in our psyche for as long as we can remember.  We were taught that these words were summed up in the Great Commandment of Jesus: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God, with all thy mind, thy soul and and thy strength.”  We entered the ministry with these words as the shining light of our theology, and we have continued through the years believing that Christ calls us to love people with out thought to race, creed, color, sexual orientation or religious expression.

Two days ago as we stood out side of McDonald’s in the Haight we witnessed a security guard  hassle  a young man who was urinating behind a car, threatening him. Telling him to Go p… ss somewhere else.” We saw the young man urinate all over himself and break down and cry. The one out door restroom was out of order.  He had no money.  We carry $5.00 in cash with us at all times in case we have to use the bathroom.  This young man is a non-person–he had no money to buy his way into a rest room.

Today we remember Servant of God Stanley Rother a Jesuit priest who volunteered in Guatemala to work with the  Tzutuhil Indians. He worked with them in the fields and advocated for them against the authorities. His prayer was “Pray for us that we may be a sign of the love of Christ for our people.”  He worked with them where they were, without expectation.  Ultimately he was murdered by the authorities for his advocacy. Fr. Stanely lived out Wesley’s words:

Our Gospel today calls us to sort out all that baggage of prejudice, bias, and judgment and than reach out and:

“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.”
John Wesley

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San Francisco, CA 94164

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