With all of the wonderful goings on in Brazil the last week there is something we overlooked. When we look at the painful struggles of the people in Central and South America, it is not hard to realize who the least are in most of the countries below our southern border, a very few have the most, and most have the least, and there is little in between. This state of flagrant injustice that causes the oppression and exploitation of many by a few is artificially maintained by the nations in which most people have the most, and a few have the least. "Protecting our vital interests" has become the standard euphemism for maintaining the inequality among people and nations. It is also the main rationale for an international, interlocking military network built on the illusion that an ever-increasing power is the only thing that keeps this world from disintegrating into chaos. Thus the world becomes an absurd world in which every year thousands of people die from hunger and violence, and in which those who cause these deaths are convinced that they do this to protect and defend the great spiritual values of the free world. As Jesus predicted many will commit crimes thinking that they are doing something virtuous and in the name of God. And, as death and destruction increase, there are fewer and fewer people who can explain what is happening. Thus the world plunges itself into deeper and deeper absurdity -- which means "deep deafness" -- becoming less and less able to hear the question of the coming Christ, "what have you done for the least of mine?"
We are, all of us, held accountable to answer, His query: "What have you done for the least of mine?" We must understand the "mine" Christ speaks of is all of humankind,
That is the question of the just Judge who reveals to us that making peace and working for justice can never be separated. As long as there are people who are less than we, in whatever way, shape, form, or fashion, the question of the last judgment will be with us. As long as there are strangers; hungry, naked, and sick people; prisoners, refugees, and slaves; people who are handicapped physically, mentally, or emotionally; people without work, a home, or a piece of land, there will be that haunting question from the throng of judgment: "What have you done for the least of mine?"
My prayer today is for His mercy on our souls. But, on that day, there will be little mercy for those made much progress in their careers; had great influence or power; wealth; or produced great works of art; none of which goes to the answering of that one burning question.