I AM often ask if I am a US citizen and/or Filipino. I would jokingly reply that I have a third citizenship and it is not from this earth and they would all be laughing. But there is a truth in those words, if only we have the eyes to see.
I am an inhabitant of this earth but on exile.
We are not at home with the very land we live on, we occupy. We pillage and rape this land. We are not at home with each other and so we violate each other’s dignity and we are ready to kill. And if someone cries to the Lord for help, we dismiss, we shut them down and tell them to be quiet.
Fortunately, we have a God who will bring us all back and gather us all from the corners of the world.
“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asks the blind man, Bartemaeus.
We can bring the question of Jesus a step further and ask: What do you wants us, Christians, to do for you, people of the world? Can we bring them home from exile and restore them back to their dignity as children of God? Can we provide the faith that can bring healing in our fractured communities?
Whenever, I recite the Lord’s Prayer, we pray that God’s reign will come and we will have daily bread. That vision of the Reign of God is about adequate food, water and shelter and the resources that come from employment and education, healing and communities that live in right relationship with God and neighbor- both human and the rest of creation.
How can we work together to be able to see all the Bartemaeus around us and move effectively to that holy dream-of working, collaborating, networking, partnerships with the gifts that God has given to us make that dream a reality.
Our mission today is like Jesus to say, as he did, what do you want me to do for you?
The Rev. Isaias Ginson is priest of The Episcopal Church. He is currently priest in charge of the Episcopal church of St. Margaret’s in Plainview, NY.