Scripture: Ezekiel 34:16 (NRSV)I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, but the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them with justice.
Reflection:When we read in the scriptures of the fat and the strong, it is not of a body type. Rather it is of prosperity from which is birthed hard hearts and lacks gratefulness for the grace of God. This prosperity often leads to the forgetting of God. It is based on levels of privilege that disconnects some from the reality that is experienced by many. These lead to injustices that need to be fed justice.
People are cold and homeless, yet our enclosed sanctuaries are closed all week. People are hungry, yet our coffee hour does not extend to them. People are scared, and we offer them songs and prayers of platitude. Puerto Rico sin luz y agua and we throw them paper towels instead of an extension cord (or solar powered flashlights). Where is that feeding justice?
“I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak...” And when we are tired and when we forget, others will need to remind us. Audre Lorde reminded us that, “[Our] silence will not protect [us].” The call for justice is sounding loudly.
Prayer:Dios brega tú, porque ni energía tengo para seguir hablando. Beloved, strengthen our hearts that we may know the difference between complaining and your Sacred Call to Justice. Amen.
Rev. Elivette (Elly) Mendez Angulo is Co-Pastor and Teacher of Manantial de Gracia in West Hartford, CT and serves as the national Coordinator of UCC Encuentros de Gracia y Bienvenida (www.ucc.org/bienvenida).
co-pastor of Manantial de Gracia "Spring of Grace" in West Hartford
November 22, 2017