What a strange world we live in. How many of us try to live by the advice given in St. Matthew 6:
“28: And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow, they toil not, neither do they spin.
29: And yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.”
I can’t honestly say that I often trust in a greater power to provide what I need in order to live comfortably and freely. Could it be that the western world’s fullest implementation of this biblical passage is seen in the homeless (even if their raiment often falls short of the lily standard)?
I expect that it’s actually a lot of work to traipse across town between shelters, tent cities, and food lines, and to do a shift at a station of the cross, holding up a cardboard sign.
And what of St. Matthew 26: 45: “Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.”
It seems meaningful that two passages in the New Testament Gospels have come together so dramatically in our society: the homeless arrayed on street corners who are not spinning; and the opportunity they provide for us to lower our car windows and hand over some loose change.
Somehow the material imbalance in our societies does not reverberate with the great spiritual teachings which advocate a spirit of sharing in place of our fervent devotion to protecting ourselves and our possessions.
Easter–when the resurrection of what is most important for life is celebrated–seems a good time to reflect on what has most value and meaning in our present world.
Could there be a connection between the spread of destitution and the fortifications we erect around our communities, our accumulations of wealth, our political allegiances, and our attempts to protect our essentially unearned advantages over others? Is it really possible that the phrase “you can’t take it with you” refers to someone else living in some other world?