Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Feeding the hungry

Over at Tux's place, he makes a great point: Jesus didn't ask who was qualified to be served. He just fed them. (And before you ask, yes, I do believe that there was an itinerant priest about that time, who saw deeply into matters of the human condition, and using the tropes of his time, spoke of them. There are a few posts waiting to be written about how I see that time. No, I don't believe that he was the "only human-born son of GOD" As far as I'm concerned, we are all children of god, whatever you conceive that to mean. Even John Boehner, Michelle Bachman etc.)

Neem Karoli Baba (Maharaj-ji) was asked: how to serve god? He answered, "Feed people." Abraham Maslow talked about the necessity of taking care of our basic human needs before we are able to think about more esoteric things.

Here in LA, Union Station Homeless Services feeds people. The Sally, as we called it when I was working with the homeless, feeds more. Churches and food banks try their best. None of these are enough to care for the entire, dreadful weight of homeless people in our country, let alone the entire world. This Thanksgiving, serve people: go volunteer at the shelter or work at a food bank, or help out at a church supper and take a friend or a child along with you.