Dear Folks -
Richard Rohr, the person I call my "spiritual teacher" - that's why I
quote him so much - calls the Sermon on the Mount "Jesus' Plan for a
New World." The values of this world are very upside-down from those
of the culture in which we live. So, for at least this week and the
next, we are going to talk about the beliefs and "new laws" of the
world as Jesus saw it.
For starters I want to recommend that you do something, especially if
you want to feel hopeful about our future. Go to the following link
and listen to the story. It will take you less than five minutes and
will touch your heart.
One of the beliefs that matters is that everybody belongs and that
everybody matters. In our sea of affluence we can forget those who
have so little. I am going to take advantage of the fact that Dr. Don
Thomas, our connection with AIDS work in Malawi, is in town this week.
He and I are going to have a dialogue in Ordinary Life this week about
the current status of the work in Malawi and about how to address the
issue of poverty in a world where three billion people live on less
than two dollars a day and two billion of those have no access the
clean drinking water.