We Must Hear Jesus Clearly
One of the most popular television programs of its time was
the hospital drama “E.R.” Ending in
2000, it ran for 15 seasons. Its story
time was based on the pursuit of the highest ideals in the practice of medicine
among a group of residents. The show
often dealt with contemporary issues reflecting conflicting values.
Often the current social issue of racism, especially as we
have experienced it after a spate of police shootings, one of the episode’s topic
was racism. In it the lead character, Dr. Mark Green, was confronted with two
shooting victims involved in the same incident.
One was a participant in a drug
related shooting, the other an innocent bystander. Dr. Green had no knowledge of who was the
shooter and who was the innocent bystander.
Both were seriously wounded, and Dr. Green had to decide which to treat
first. Both victims were males in their late teens. One was a well dressed
white male, the other a shabby dressed young black male. Dr. Green was caught in the assumption of
which he did not believe himself capable.
He assumed the shabbily dressed black man to be the dealer and the well
dressed white man to be the innocent victim.
He was wrong. The young white man
was the dealer and the black teen, an innocent bystander, was an honor student,
a college basketball prospect and sang in the church choir.
The reading from James (2:1-5) should make us wonder about
the assumptions we make about people.
Few of us think of ourselves as prejudiced. But like Dr. Green, do we
ever catch ourselves thinking the unthinkable?
Most of us do.
Gospel readings tell us about God’s option for the poor, the
oppressed and the handicapped. Even
Jesus acknowledged that He did not come to help the “righteous”. So where does that leave us?
We must hear Jesus clearly.
We must make sure our hearing is truly open. Our words might be properly pronounced, but
our choice of words might reveal our continuing inability to hear Jesus as He
is meant to be heard.
“Love one another as I have loved you.” “Love your neighbor as yourself.” These words must be heard with open ears and
open hearts. If they are not, then we
might discover that we have a handicap.
It may be a handicap of the heart.
What are the hidden prejudices of our hearts? Are there
people we shut out by our lack of attention?
We must see out handicapped heart, allow our ears to be opened and learn
to set aside our assumptions and judgments in order that everyone might be
healed of prejudice and division.
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