This morning’s gospel reading is from the 11th chapter of Matthew. John the Baptist is in Herod’s dungeon. When he hears of what Jesus was doing, he sends his followers to ask him if he (Jesus), is the Messiah.
The answer Jesus gives to John’s followers is both simple and direct. There’s no mistaking the actions, or the values, of Jesus.
“Go and report to John what you hear and see: the blind receive sight and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.”
Look around you. The ones you see doing the works, and living the values of Jesus, are those who demonstrate an authentic Christian spirituality. You can see “Christian values.” They are centered on helping those most in need.
Will Rogers understood a flawed system when he saw one, even in 1932. The theory of trickle down economics was wrong then and it’s just as wrong today some 80 plus years later.
who has taught us that the meaning of life is to be found in putting SERVICE ABOVE SELF, we beseech thee to bless all who give themselves in the service of their fellow men and women; endue them with wisdom, patience, and courage to strengthen the weak and to raise up those who fall; that being inspired by love, they may minister to the suffering, the friendless, and the needy. In thy name we pray. – Amen
This is the invocation offered at this past week’s meeting of the Lynchburg Morning Rotary Club.