April 17, "A Touch of Jesus" John 13:1-15 "Holy Thursday"
The washing of the disciples feet is a call of Jesus to all people, to get their hands dirty. It is a symbol that calls us to see beyond the money, and power, and the prestige, that we all so desire, to the pain of people--all of us. For strip away our money, prestige, and power, and we are fragile human beings.
Someone told me recentlly that as a pastor I am a "dying breed" because I sit, look people in the eye, and listen--rather then text, email, spend my time on the phone. And that is sad, and that is what I miss--someone to simply give me their time to listen, to hang out.
So to help people is actually rather easy--sit, look them in the eye, listen, give them some socks, some food, but simply be present.
This Holy Thursday--let us simply sit and give out time to another--without texting, cell phones, and email--become a part of the "dying breed", and receive new life. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!
VegInspiration Dr. Will Tuttle
Animal foods require immense quantities of petroleum to produce. For example, while it takes only two calories of fossil fuel to produce one calorie of protein from soybeans, and three calories for wheat and corn, it takes fifty-four calories of petroleum to produce one calorie of protein from beef!
Animal agriculture contributes disproportionately to our consumption of petroleum and thus to air and water pollution, global warming, and the wars driven by conflict over dwindling petroleum reserves.
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