Date: 6 September 2015

To: Manantial de Gracia

Title: “Si no me das de Beber”

 

Call to Worship: Mt 5:3-6; Lk 6:20-21

Bendecidos son los pobres que estan sin trabajo o que estan con pocos recursos. Dios a prometido: nuestro sera el reino.

Bendecidos son los que hoy tienen hambre. Dios a prometido: estaremos llenos.

Bendecidos son los que lloran por deodas sin pagar, trabajos perdidos, y ninos con falta de oportunidades. Dios a prometido: misericordia.

Bendecidos son los que tienen amber y sed por justicia. Dios a prometido que estaremos llenos.

Segura mente el tiempo ah llegado cuando la justicia de Dios y paz sera ____ por toda la tiera. Gracias a Dios.                               Amen.

 

Blessed are you poor who have no work or too little income. God has promised: ours is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you who are hungry now. God has promised: we shall be filled.

Blessed are you who weep over unpaid bills, the loss of a job, or your children’s lack of opportunities. God has promised: we shall receive mercy.

Blessed are you who hunger and thirst for justice. God has promised: we shall be filled.

The time is surely coming when God’s justice and peace shall reign throughout the land. Thanks be to God.                               Amen.

 

James 1: 17-27 “No se contenten solo con escucha la palabra, pues asi se enganan ustedes mismos. Llevenla a la practica…Atiendan a los hueranos y a las viudas en sus aflicciones, y conserarse limpio de la corrupcion del mundo.”

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says…Look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

 

“Si no me das de Beber”

sing: Si no me dan de beber lloro. Si no me dan de beber lloro. Si no me dan de beber lloro. Si no me dan de beber!  (loose translation: if you don’t give me a drink… I’ll have no choice but to cry!)

 

This old classic stands the test of time for speaking about injustice. If i am not given a drink I will cry repeats to song over and over…. And though we know the singer to be speaking of an alcoholoc beverage and his need to consume yet another i wonder how Jesus would have responded to that question.

If I was in most UCC churches today, I would be preaching about economic injustice to a room full of people, most of whom would need to be educated to what it means to be poor, to go without, to cry because you don’t have enough…

On this Labor Sunday, I would be inviing these people to consider some of the other factors that workers and their families struggle against. But in this church we LIVE in a clear understanding of that struggle.

Let me share some statistics that are “common” knowledge:

-most people that are considered economically challenged have jobs but don’t earn enoughto get out of poverty. Among the poor age 18 to 64, just over one-third is not available to work because they are retired, going to school, or disabled. Among the other two-thirds who could work, 74% are either working or looking for work.[4]
-About 43 million people (including 80% of low-wage workers don’t have sick days) and if they take the day off, at the end of the week they expect to receive a shrunken paycheck. If they visit a doctor, they not only have a smaller paycheck, they also have to pay more out of pocket…

-Many people are living paycheck to paycheck and if they miss a paycheck they are in danger of leaving bills unpaid.

-There are people who say that their is a work shortage…that people are under employeed, but really we are in the midst of a CRISIS. There is a lot of work, for too little money.
Si no me dan de beber…

Jesus walked among God’s creation and he met a woman at a well, whom he asked for a drink of water. see it was noon, he was in an arid region and he was alone… Tengo sed. And when she tried to explain to him all the reasons society would frown upon her sharing water with him: a woman, a samaritan he didn’t stop at the El que diran, or escusas about what would happen if he didn’t get a drink. Instead he offered her his best. His authenticity. His true heart. “If I shared my drink with you, you would be free of all that mess that people have put on you.” And if Jesus was like my Aunt, he might have said, “Ay pues [ahora] llora!”

Si no me das de beber…

at Cavalry’s cross Jesus says to the gathered masses, “I thirst” and the soldiers offer him a wet rag. Because that is all that they had. They had no best, they had no love, they had no grace, they had no hospitality, they had no acceptance

On the other hand, when Jesus is invited to a wedding in Canan and he hears that they have run out of wine, that the hosts have not even a little bit of the yucky, tasteless cheap stuff left, he gives them his best. He didn’t leave them to cry… he gave them what they needed.

When the multitudes gathered around him to listen to him preach over and over again he took remnants of a meal and stretched them till they fed all who were gathered. With leftovers to spare…

Si no me das de beber lloro:

Yet we are so superficial, that rather than giving our best we give of our leftovers. Tomorrow is Labor Day and many of us will sit among our friends and share in a common meal ohttp://www.ucc.org/change_the_world perfectly cooked meats and too many side dishes to count, but among us… in our church… in our lives… there are many who are quietly crying. Silently weeping. Whose children are eating while they go hungry. There are those who are OVER worked and UNDER paid who are in need of God’s love.

This week church, I invite you to share the story of Jesus at the Well with someone in your life. With a stranger.
Church, we are good at seeing those who are doing well. Those whose clothes are right. Those who have nice cars….We are great at criticising those who we perceive are not doing as well…But according to James, when we show preference for the poor or for the rich, we are sinning. When we are not sharing God’s overabundnt love with others, we are sinning. When we accept the status quo and remain seated at the sight of injustice we are sinning.
This week, let us welcome those who are in need. Those who don’t have enough. Those who work too hard, for not enough money. Let us remember that like them, the Jesus we serve was also working too hard for too little.

He thought us worthy of a drink at the fountain of his love, grace and welcome. When we were thirsty, he gave us a drink. When he was thirsty…we offered bitterness and anguish. Today as we look forward to Labor day, let us offer the drink of welcome and love to those who thirst. Let us freely offer that gift this week. When we hear people crying out in need of water rather than saying llora. Let us cry along with our brothers and sisters as we welcome them into God’s house.

For in Gods Kindom, we are all welcome. Amen.

 

Resources

UCC Economic Justicehttp://www.ucc.org/justice_economic-justice

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