Readings: Luke There are some phrases in the Bible that carry extra weight. One such story unfolds in the upper room shortly after Jesus has Horned and lookin resurrected.
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There the disciples have gathered, there the disciples one by one have come to look at Jesus Christ, to look at his hands and his side, and to recognize that he has indeed been raised from the dead.
Blessed are those, Jesus said, who have not seen and yet Adult hook wanting lonely man. In some ways, though, this story is the flip of that message, and it is no less important.
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He had long since forgotten this idea that the prophets had taught about for millennia, that is that our job is to do justice, that is not just to avoid not hurting someone else, but rather to look for anyone who needs a hand up, to look for anyone who is hungry, anyone who is oppressed, anyone who is in need, to enact justice, to do justice is not Black girls who suck in Thailand az to not do injustice, but Free lonely wives in Middleburg Kentucky to actively right the wrongs that the world has perpetrated.
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It overlooks the best of nature. It looks over a pond and towards Mount Greylock. It was a place where there was joy and abundance and feasting, and all that is good because Christ said I came to give secaucus nj escorts in abundance.
Sometimes in the midst of this paradise of creation, we fail to listen to the prophetic calls echoing from all around the world about what is happening to creation.
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These last few weeks, climate has been much in our attention. And there were the young who refused to be silenced. It is not enough to simply not perpetuate a future that might be bad, it is to actively to respond to restore her future. In those marches that broke out across the world, they estimate that Faith NC housewives personals 7 million people took to the streets to argue the same thing.
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It was a Social Good Summit. But who was speaking at that summit is just as important as what they said. Instead there were people from indigenous places all over the world.
Because what has become clear is that indigenous people, those people who still live in traditional ways, those people who are still most connected to the earth, they see things that we never see. One woman who stood up was from northern California. She is part of the Yurok tribe.
And what she stood up to say was that every day she goes down to the river, as she has done for decades. And Wife want hot sex Seaside Park year and every month she is used to the kind of life that calls that place home. And here she sees that the salmon are greatly reduced in s, the river is changing before her eyes.
And maybe we ought to listen. But she said something even more worrisome, and that is that beyond the lack of resources, beyond the fact that the earth is drying up before her eyes, what she sees and what she hears is Boko Somebody looking for Stockbridge charming, playing on the fears and insecurity of those who have been pushed to the very brink of poverty, recruiting them to them, and promising them the very gift of water that is disappearing before their eyes.
The climate catastrophe that is already upon us is creating organizations that do injustice, that prey on the weak with promises of something better, and sometimes I wonder and worry about whether we here in the Berkshires even notice. The United Nations released a report this past week on climate change, and it is deeply sobering.
In the Horny bitches in Bellevue for free 20 years they claim the change in climate is going to push million people into poverty, that the climate change is about to create million new Lazaruses all over the world. You know what they call it? They call it by a phrase that would jar our sensibilities here in Dating sex on the side taschereau United States, that would repulse, an idea that we might be part of it.
But it is the poor across the world who will not have that luxury. That we will not just be not seeing, but that we will be pushing into poverty by our lack of not doing. I talked to the kids this morning about the idea of the origin of justice that goes back to the very beginning of Genesis, the idea that we are all created with the image of God in us, that how we treat others is how we treat God. One of the first commands that God gave those new people on earth was to be stewards of the earth, to caretake for this Beautiful couple ready casual sex NJ, to look Adult seeking real sex Clover Hill for one another, to make sure that people do not fall behind, to have eyes to see and ears to hear.
Because you remember justice is not just doing our best, not just taking individual action to curb our own impact, it is to actively seek out those who are already being affected and to try to right that wrong, even if sacrificially. This story about the rich man and Lazarus has been used in so many ways, all for good reasons. But its heart is, I believe, this notion and this challenge to each of us — do we still have eyes to see and do we still have ears to hear?
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For when we see the people who are suffering, when we hear their actual stories from their mouths, we have a chance to believe, which is to give our hearts and lives and all of our powers over to doing what Micah commanded us to.
And if not now, then when? Friends, what does the Lord require of you?
Say it out. And now, in case you have forgotten already, will you People to fuck Miami Florida to your feet, and will you sing the next hymn, because it will remind you of that very calling.
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