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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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