Sunday, August 22, 2010
First and Last
Jesus went through one town and village after another, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked him, "Lord, will only a few be saved?" He said to them, "Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able. When once the owner of the house has got up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, `Lord, open to us,' then in reply he will say to you, `I do not know where you come from.' Then you will begin to say, `We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.' But he will say, `I do not know where you come from; go away from me, all you evildoers!' There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrown out. Then people will come from east and west, from north and south, and will eat in the kingdom of God. Indeed, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last." Luke 13:22-30
Last Shall Be First
I wipe the table after you leave careful
not to interrupt your meal your complaining
you never see me and I am always watching you.
I ring up your order as you check out
your cell phone your blackberry anything
but me who goes home to a loving home humble
but full of laughter and sweet smells.
I speak with caution my English flawed, you
ignore me in the ladies room as I try
to explain the floors are wt and you curse
me and my kind for our poverty.
You visit your children convenient others
like me care for your children, your car your
precious baby dog and we bath your parents and
feed them with a spoon.
I am a shadow to you but am filled with spirit
God alone knows of the blisters on my feet, calluses
on my hands and knees but from love I do labor
for love I am a shadow in your life and a
hero in my own.