Jesus is coming through the fields
Looking for you.
Jesus is reading out names
Hoping to gain people’s attention.
Jesus bends to pick a bright flower
Awed by its beauty.
Jesus was never interested in wealth or power
But, instead, love and truth.
Jesus asks us to look directly at God
And, then, fall in love.
Jesus proved this love of God
Can be even more important than life itself.
Jesus rejected hypocrites
And all other self-important people.
Jesus loves neglected human beings –
People without money or power
The black and brown ones
Who he claims are “His” people
In the light of their suffering
And as being the last “true” human beings left on earth!
In ancient Greek theatre, hypocrites were actors –
Those who “play a part” –
From which the word “hypocrite” originally derived.
I’ve often spoken of one’s “true self” as opposed to one’s ego –
Because we create egos as our “face to the world” –
And, sometimes, more than one such “face.”
The Greeks used masks in their plays –
So egos are our contemporary “masks”
Used by us to “play” the world
And manipulate society (along, of course, with our own selves).
So who are we fooling?
Is the world nothing more than a huge “theatre” – as Shakespeare intuited –
In which all of us cooperate in playing out our several parts?
What happens, though, when a person enters the world and refuses to play that expected part –
Refusing to be anyone but her “true self”?
I think she might get killed – even if not physically –
Certainly, she’ll face rejection for her refusal to “go along.”
The world insists:
“Play your part – whatever it is – and don’t try to be ‘real’” –
Because that might call everything into question!