Most of the time, I want to believe that we are all equal. The ideal of socialized medicine, minimum standards of living, plenty of food, and dealing with injustice appeals to me. The concept of equal opportunities, fair evaluations, and just relationships is very attractive! I look around at earthquake victims, those ravaged by flooding rivers, and innocent casualties of child pornography, rape, and violent assault and see clearly that the world does not treat everyone equally.
It is amazing to go to work. Road rage is a virus we all carry. Anger at anything to do with the trains is endemic. A sense of aloneness and struggling to find peace is common. We want to belong, but often we do not believe we are part of anything worthwhile. We desire that which we most likely already have in our possession. There is a sense of something missing, but we are not sure of what. We are far closer to being equal than we would like to be.
There are two reflections for you today.
First, you and I are part of the world. We might not want to be part of this family that hates the poor, despises the less than beautiful, and stomps on those who are down, but we are. I cannot solve world hunger. You cannot deal with all the victims of abuse. However, we can make a difference to the people we live with and meet during the course of a day. We can freely give a smile, extend a hand, and give of what we have. We can treat everyone equally.
Second, always remember that God looks at each of us equally. We all bring weaknesses, but we are children who God considers priceless. Without reservation, “God's curse blights the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous.” (Proverbs 3.33) God cries when we are hurting, and he extends the mantle of peace. We all stand equal in His presence. You and I have full access to the Divine. Come; walk with God and me today.