This sign in front of the Canadian Memorial Centre for Peace provides a powerful message to all of us this Sunday morning, especially those of us who claim to worship the living Christ. Those living in faithfulness to the Gospel understand that love builds longer tables and even bridges. Only fear and hatred builds walls.
How amazing is your love, A love that overcomes, endures and redeems.
How astounding is your life, A life that sustains, heals and creates.
How awesome is your hope ,A hope that promises, restores and inspires.
How absorbing is your truth, A truth that releases, changes and rebuilds.
How we worship you, as we remember the moment when your love conquered.
When out of the cave of sorrow Jesus arose to release forgiveness to the world.
And each time we encounter this resurrection day we are again lifted to an eternal place.
Our sin, brokenness and darkness fall away and your light and peace flood our lives.
How we thank you for this incredible celebration we call Easter.
“How can we worship a homeless man on Sunday and ignore one on Monday?” — Shane Claiborne
Claiborne poses a really good question, doesn’t he? On Sunday morning we praise the name of Jesus. We glorify Him. We exalt Him. We openly declare our love for Him and call ourselves His followers, His disciples.
Yet, on Monday morning, on our way to work, we quickly take another sip of our Starbucks double-expresso latte as we avert our eyes from the raggedly dressed man holding the crudely lettered “WILL WORK FOR FOOD” cardboard sign. We struggle not to let him make eye contact.
The man is filthy. He smells. We can tell that even in the confines of our well -heated car.
Only yesterday we claimed we would follow this man to the cross. Today we shudder at the thought of having to look at him. Talking to him is out of the question.
Good questions call for good answers. What’s the good answer to Shane’s question?
“How can we worship a homeless man on Sunday and ignore one on Monday?”