Friday, September 07, 2012

Jesus Thoughts Mowing Grass

Any number of entities should have cut the grass in the park in from of our community center/market area.  The municipality.  The tianquis market.  Fortunately, they haven't, so that I can.  I love cutting grass.  It also is fun messing with people's presuppositions.  I shouldn't be the guy picking up trash around the swing sets.  I shouldn't be the person getting my jeans stained with fresh grass clippings.  Someone else should be doing those menial tasks.  Ahh...but aren't those the sorts of tasks that our Lord would have delighted in doing?  A Rabbi, washing feet, was scandalous, but he did it.

I've mentioned the book I'm reading, Who was this Man?  The first part of the book was better than the last half...but it was still a good read.  How has humility come to be a virtue?  Through the life of Christ.  How have we come to view children with more love and respect in society?  Through Jesus.  Why can we as His children give up status and the drive to exalt ourselves?  He did it first.

After leaving the mower in Ismael's charge, I met with the director of the E.E.E. school just a stone's throw from the community center.  I'm guessing that E.E.E. stands for Escuela de Educación Especial, or a Special Education School.  She gave me the names of the 12 people who most recently received chairs (in late June).  She mentioned that a friend of hers is director of another school nearby, and she wants another 15 chairs.  This wheelchair ministry outreach isn't over yet, apparently.

Quote of the Day: The idea that “the least of these” were to be treasured — that somehow the Jesus that they followed was present in despised suffering — was essentially a Copernican revolution of humanity. It created a new vision of the human being. People actually took Jesus at his word. As Christian communities responded to the hungry and the sick, even outsiders took notice. By the late fourth century, an opponent of the faith, Emperor Julian the Apostate, chastised pagan priests for not keeping up: “I think that when the poor happened to be neglected and overlooked by the priests, the impious Galileans observed this and devoted themselves to benevolence…. The impious Galileans support not only their poor, but ours as well, everyone can see that our people lack aid from us.”

Ortberg, John (2012-07-31). Who Is This Man?: The Unpredictable Impact of the Inescapable Jesus (p. 39).

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