I Am Just A Human Being…

I am just a human being trying to make it in a world that is rapidly losing its understanding of being human. John Trudell

Meditation: While I was in Germany, many protesters gathered recently in several large cities to protest against the inhumane torturing of children and families who are looking for asylum in the US, and instead of finding refuge, they are being treated like criminals. The parents and children are being separated without warning and told that they would never see each other again… “I am just a human being trying to make it in a world that is rapidly losing its understanding of being human”. In theological terms we might describe what we see as “humanity losing its soul”. The soul of humanity dies when few based on their position of power and privilege exclude and oppress the many others without having any empathy or compassion. The soul of humanity dies when those in power lose touch with their own humanity and vulnerability. This is when the bodies and souls of other humans become random objects and are considered as inferior, as not worthy and as criminal. This is what the recent protests in the US have been about. Yes, we humans need to find our voices and protest. Our quiet tears, our worries about the children and our anguish are not enough to get the attention of the rest of humanity that something is terribly wrong.

Prayer: God of humanity, You are weeping. You are touched and deeply moved seeing us humans lose our understanding of what it means to be human. When we elect, tolerate or support world leaders who have lost their souls, You weep. We cry out: “Come and see”. Free us from the bondage of those who oppress, torture, rip families apart and don’t care. God, something is terribly wrong. Have mercy on us. Amen

Jesus saw her weeping, and he saw how the people with her were weeping also; his heart was touched, and he was deeply moved. “Where have you buried him?” he asked them. “Come and see, Lord,” they answered. Jesus wept. John 11:33-35