PET MO-Columbia update: 12-17-15
PETs built since 1-1-15 #1,469
Two thousand years ago, we are told,
a male baby was born to a Jewish couple –
in a borrowed stable, with
cows and sheep as witnesses.
The family became refugees in Syria
to escape a tyrant king.
As the boy grew he became radicalized –
studying the Jewish scriptures.
He said; “Love your enemies. bless those who curse you.”
He said; “Pray for those who despitefully use you.”
He said; “Judge not. Forgive seen times seventy.”
He said; “When you pray, do it not in public, but in a private place.”
He said; “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.”
He said; “If someone needs your coat, give them also your cloak.”
He said; “Do not look to the materials things of this earth
for your security. Depend upon spiritual things.”
He said; “The most noble thing you can do is to be willing
to give up your life for another.”
He asked us to give priority to the poor, the lame, the rejected,
the marginalized, the imprisoned, the outcasts.
In his name his disciples enabled a man lame from birth
to arise and walk….just like we do at PET.
The hierachy of the prevalent faith and the political leaders
saw this man as a threat to their security
so they had him executed.
Today, this man has many followers,
but few willing to do what he asked.
He preached a radical religion.
Mel West, Director Emeritus