There once was an extraordinary young man
born in Nazareth centuries before
airplanes, cars, or computers
but a man in many ways similar
to you and I.
He dreamed of a better world in the future
one where men and women
of every shade of brown, black, yellow and pink
might together care for the birds, cats, dogs and all the flowers
and especially each other.
This young man might have lived among the wealthy men in his village
he was an accomplished carpenter.
But He took great risks, reached out to the poor and the diseased
then tipped over the tables of the money changers
causing an angry roar throughout his synagogue.
Instead of trading shekels
young Jesus worked toward his vision.
He dreamed of a better world for the family of man
and He had the will and courage to speak to power.
His parents, Mary and Joseph, helped him learn a skilled trade
so that He could support himself and his family.
He was a carpenter who worked with wood.
Their son was a manly fellow
who had strong arms and legs
and walked miles every day.
Roman soldiers were on the road
but Jesus did not run and hide.
Jesus spoke his mind.
This young man was alike and unalike
many fine young people in his world.
His extraordinary perception, compassion and determination
inspired his community.
He was a spirit person and a real person
superhuman as we sometimes are in various degrees.
Jesus was about 30 years old
when the Romans decided that he posed a threat.
He was arrested and crucified like many men of his time
but Jesus’ power was unstoppable
and his message expanded for the next 2,000 years.
He was not a ghost.
His power was in his words
and his ways.
It was a power that expands
and avails itself to every man and woman.
We can follow his example.
He was human
and we are human.
Remember Him when
the weeds of evil begin to spread
by voice, pen or gun
and the time comes
to act like Jesus might wish us to act.
We too can progress out of our comfort zones
but too often it seems I do not.