Three Things

The gospel reading for
the Third Sunday of Advent
contained a question and an answer:
“The crowds asked John the Baptist,
‘What should we do?’
He said to them in reply,
‘Whoever has two cloaks
should share with the person
who has none.
And whoever has food
should do likewise.’”
John spoke in spirit and power,
saying simply and clearly
what we must do.
What if you lived
in Cite Soleil?
How would you like
people to treat you?
This is how
we should treat
those who do live there.
Water for the thirsty,
bread for the hungry,
a strong hand for the uncertain:
these are what Jesus promises
and asks us to deliver.

Through the Prophet Isaiah,
God says:
“Turn to me and be safe,
all you ends of the earth,
for I am God; there is no other!”
Knowingly or unknowingly,
the world hungers for
the redeeming presence of Christ.
The poor and the powerless
who seek the Lord
in poverty of heart
shall be fed the food
that truly satisfies.

Cite Soleil is a great place
to prepare your heart
for the coming of Jesus,
in whose incarnation
humanity and divinity
are joined in communion.
God is coming,
of this there is no doubt;
the only question is,
will we be ready
to receive God?

God asks three things
of us:
To walk humbly with God,
to love kindness,
and to do justice.
To love kindness
is more than
just being nice.
It means to enter into
relationships of solidarity
with the entire human community
by being patient with and attentive to
all whom we encounter.
And to do justice
is more than being fair.
It means we cannot tolerate
injustice, and must intervene when
the powerful abuse the powerless,
and requires us to change
systems of institutionalized injustice
that imprisons people
in chains of poverty.
We need to be willing
to lay down our own lives
for the sake of those
whose lives have been stolen
from them.

Institutionalized injustice
can be found everywhere,
in every nation.
Cite Soleil in Port-au-Prince
is no different from
Skid Row in Los Angeles.
Both are disgraceful abominations
in the eyes of God,
and God demands
we dismantle those prisons.
Sadly, we avert our eyes
and pretend
Citi Soleil and Skid Row
are not there.
But they are there,
and people are suffering.
May God have mercy
on us…and on them.

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