He worked with Cesar Chavez. He
walked with Martin Luther King, Jr. He
sits with Jesus and listens and moves
naturally to praxis.
He says he owes his work on behalf of the
poor to his devout and pious mother
who taught him well when he
was a little boy.
Now he is sixty-six and has no pension
and has refused the grand gift of one.
He asked, “How can I stand with the
workers if I have that which they don’t?”
He had to stand his ground with them
and not capitulate to what he called the
diabolical system that keeps
so many impoverished. He was asked,
“Aren’t you concerned for yourself?”
He smiled innocently, kindly and quoted
book, chapter and verse
about being fed and clothed and
about trusting. He spoke in English
about what he learned in Spanish.
Jesus spoke in Aramaic
and the word was written in koine
Greek and transliterated as en arche
en ho logos; kai ho logos en pros
ton theon; kai theos
en ho logos: “In the beginning was the
Word and the Word was with God
and the Word was God,” and that
word in any language is love.