shuffling off the stench
of death; the world a-tilt;
a cosmic shining in that soiled
empty sheet, spices strewn across the barren
floor; life undying bursting
through the cloth once tightly
shrouding our mortality.
And that lone head cloth,
folded, tidy, set apart,
quiet in a shining
all its own, whisper of divine
attentiveness to the minutiae
of our lives, quotidian patterns,
daily tasks that shape our days; hint
of holy presence, quiet glow
in all the foldings and unfoldings
of our tidy, not-so-tidy everydays.
As we approach Holy Week and then Easter, it might be a good time to remember gratefully not only all that Jesus accomplished for us, but also to remember that Jesus came for us, lived for us, died for us, rose again for us—all because “God so loved the world.”
Our government is talking of cutting the State Department budget and cutting aid to millions of people living in the midst of poverty and violence, with many, especially in South Sudan, now facing starvation. At the same time, our government talks of spending more to build up our military in order to keep America Safe and First.
But I wonder. Will we really be stronger and safer in our world if we have an ever-stronger military? Or will we be stronger and safer if we reach out to help other peoples in need, letting them know that America cares about their plight?
Once again, I am posting a monthly picture to remind us of the needs of people around the world. I hope as we look at this picture, we will hear God’s reminder that “God so loved the world” and will do what we can to urge our government not to neglect these needy people.
child in South Sudan
(picture from the BBC)