I read on Facebook about the Minnesota nurses who raised 2.6 million dollars to pay off medical debt of needy patients. I get pretty upset as I watch the drama unfold around the Republicans’ health care bill, so this posting was a breath of fresh air. It lets me know that, until my country gets it right, at least some of our citizens are being cared for. I wanted to write: “Jesus is alive and well and doing his thing in the world.”
When I read on Facebook about a kindness being done by my fellow humans, I have actually done this. “Jesus is here,” I might write and, interestingly, friends who I think are quite nonreligious are the ones who give my comment a “like”. I make my Jesus comments even for the smallest of things: a musician playing his music on the street so the passersby will put money into a hat for a homeless person sitting next to him; an engineer inventing a contraption that can get people with disabilities into places they could never go before; a child having a lemonade stand to raise money for the poor; a group of hikers freeing a bear from a trap.
This thing I do is not trivial to me. It comes from my own deeply held conviction that the Christ is truly among us and in each of us. This is the meaning of the beautiful story of the coming of the Holy Spirit in the form of fire upon the heads of Jesus’ followers. I believe that the story is about their waking up to a truth: Christ, in the form of the Holy Spirit, is truly here. Jesus had told them repeatedly: “Open your eyes and see.” They finally did it and their hearts were aflame.
To those who are anticipating the second coming, I want to say, “Stop waiting”. The event already happened. They will know if they will only open their eyes and see demonstrations of courage in the face of adversity, the kindnesses that people do for one another, acts of justice, and nurses who raise money for patients who can’t afford to pay their medical bills.