Oh, Christ, may we see you in the poverty of your manger and of our global neighbors. For all our failures to work for justice, we hope daily for your fresh forgiveness. Empower us by your grace and your example to live the Jubilee, bringing economic restoration to the poor and liberation for the oppressed. Change us radically, fill us with fortitude, and open our minds, hearts and wallets for the sake of your will that the hungry be fed—until the day when all suffering shall cease in the culmination of your gracious reign. Amen.
There are many of you who think to yourselves: “If only I had been there! How quick I would have been to help the baby!” … You say that because you know how great Christ is, but if you had been there at that time you would have done no better than the people of Bethlehem. Why don’t you do it now? You have Christ in your neighbor.
God is not only a listening God but a responding God who acts.
Following Jesus is not a respectable religion, and I suspect it was never meant to be. It is a call to truth, justice and liberation for those oppressed, excluded and disempowered.
Reading the Bible with the eyes of the poor is a different thing from reading it with a full belly. If it is read in the light of the experience and hopes of the oppressed, the Bible’s revolutionary themes—promise, exodus, resurrection and spirit—come alive.