He also said that people who control the power, don’t know what to make of prophets and they try to silence them.
What Jesus said that day in the temple was keeping the ministry of imagination alive. You could also call it “creative dreaming”.
Later, according to Luke, Jesus says “Blessed are the poor”. According to Matthew, he said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit.”
There is so much in Jesus’ ministry about the poor. “The poor with be with you always,” he said. So, it sounds to me that a major focus that Jesus gives to his followers is about caring for the poor. He stretches the imagination beyond focusing on oneself and points clearly toward caring for the poor.
It is a prophetic message for us. It stirs imagination – creative dreaming – how to care for the poor. How to focus attention and action on reaching out to the poor. The poor are with us always. The poor are all around us in this city, in our province and nation and throughout the entire world. And the kings of this world are not making the plight of the poor any better. Today, there are more displaced people in the world than since the end of WWII. In our province, cunning campaigns that confuse and skew the facts reveal an assault on the homeless, those who cannot afford medical care, those of meagre means who seek an education.
There is no shortage of needs. It takes a ministry of imagination and creative dreaming to connect with those needs in a realistic and meaningful way. And, it seems to me that that is our call as a parish – to dream creatively, to put the ministry of imagination into action in order to do what Jesus teaches us to be doing.
It is a task for our parish and it is a task for each of us as people of the parish to own our call and to take responsibility to figure out how best to make it happen – to realize how we can take our part in caring for the poor and for those in need.
It’s what our Planning and Options group are spearheading. They are taking the lead and calling each of us to engage. You can read more about that in our recent newsletter and in several places with related articles on our website, especially the section Things to think about. (If you don’t have access, we can print copies for you.) Or just ask any member of the Planning and Options Group.