Two of our greatest sources of suffering in the 21st century are violence and hunger. Violence and war; poverty and hunger.
The great Jewish prophets spoke out against the injustices of their day, much of which resulted in violence and hunger. Later, Jesus talked about the kingdom of God here on earth, the reign of God where everyone would live in peace, and there would be enough food for all. It seems that since the beginning of time, hunger and violence have been at the root of humanity’s suffering.
Yet the prophets tell us in such simple terms that this is not God’s will for us. They share with us how we might find healing for a world run amok. Turn your swords into plowshares and your spears into pruning hooks! In other words, turn your weapons of war into instruments that feed. Imagine how our world would look today if we were to do that? How would our national budgets be different?
God’s dream for our world is that we live in harmony with each other and with Mother Earth. We worship a God of life, and God wishes for us to have life abundant. Our reading today ends, “Come, let us walk in the light of the Lord!” Together!
Loving God, may your dream be my dream also. Amen. — MW