Of Spice and Oil. Of Food and Shelter.

May 16, 2008

I have been working on a meditation over the last three weeks seeking some insight into the current economic situation in the U.S. What follows is a very brief journey through the meditation:

I envisioned the dead body of the Lord on a granite slab, similar to the stone of unction found in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. I joined his disciples in preparing His Body for the tomb. The sweet spices and the pungent oils wafted in air, disguising the odor of death.

The spices reminded me of food, while the olive oil brought images of crude oil. There, two aspects of the economic crisis. The rising cost of food brought by the rising cost of petroleum by-products are affecting every level of Western society. The people with whom I work, and the people we serve speak daily of the impact of rising costs on their families…an altar server’s father rides a bike to work…a family is about to lose their home…entire families are repatriating their ancestoral homelands…all as a result of the declining economy.

The Body of the Lord on the slab turns into a homeless family with their meager possessions on harsh, cold, unforgiving concrete. How do I contribute to preparing their bodies for life? Food, clothing and shelter are needed by the Body of Christ. I and those who follow me must respond to their needs in the days to come as the financial hardship befalls many.

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