Mark 9:38-50 Who is for us?

We see a Muslim sheltering a refugee,
a Hindu healing the sick,
spiritual but not religious folks
willing to stand against immigration bans,
against demonizing
of people from other countries,
atheists who practice civil disobedience
for the sake of creation care

and young people
walking out of their high schools today,
to keep guns out of the hands
of those who should not have them,
including math teachers and soccer coaches.

And Jesus says, Do not stop them.
Whoever is not against us
is for us. Whoever gives a cup of water
to a child of God is holy.

But whoever puts a stumbling block,
bump stock, semi-automatic
in front of children,
and psychologists, concert goers,
church folks and queer clubbers,
woe to them.

As for the rest of you –
if it is your money or prestige,
your politics or busyness,
that keeps you from acting –
cut it off.

What if —
you get a little salt of the earth

in your life.

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2 Responses to Mark 9:38-50 Who is for us?

  1. Joyce Ray says:

    Truly amazing poem. So powerful. “Cut it off.” “What if you get a little salt of the earth in your life?”

  2. Obed Vizcaíno says:

    MIS ZAPATOS ROTOS

    Tengo mis zapatos rotos, de tanto caminar, y meterme por esos barriales, por estas calles de Dios. Tengo mis zapatos rotos, me han llevado por caminos que no sabia que iba a transitar, me han conducido a las casas de mi gente para conocer su realidad. He conocido el dolor del hambre, la soledad de la enfermedad, la violencia injusta contra la mujer, el cariño de niños y niñas que ante lo que no entienden solo saben jugar. Tengo mis zapatos rotos, de tanto caminar buscando recursos para alimentos y medicinas, buscando corazones sensibles, manos generosas, y miradas tiernas. Tengo mis zapatos rotos, buscando la gente bella que hagauna opción por los más pobres, quienes reflejan cada dia en sus rostros humildes a Jesucristo. Tengo mis zapatos rotos, se rompieron siguiendo la ruta de la solidaridad, el compromiso, y el amor al prójimo. Se rompieron mi zapatos en la lucha por los más pequeños, por el mismo Cristo que vive hambriento, sediento, encarcelado, enfermo, oprimido, sin techo, por los pobres bienaventurados de nuestro Dios. Tengo mis zapatos rotos y desgastados, y todos mis otros zapatos cada dia se seguirán desgastando.

    Rev. Obed Juan Vizcaíno Nájera Maracaibo – Venezuela 15 de Marzo 2018.

    El mié, mar 14, 2018 03:27, Gifts in Open Hands escribió:

    > Maren posted: “We see a Muslim sheltering a refugee, a Hindu healing the > sick, spiritual but not religious folks willing to stand against > immigration bans, against demonizing of people from other countries, > atheists who practice civil disobedience for the ” >

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