There is a Hebrew prayer, “Tikkun Olam” which is simply a request for God to ‘repair, fix or heal the world.’ There is an old Rabbinic Tale that says, in creation, the universe was unable to contain the Divine Light of God and therefore it cracked into pieces. Henceforth, the creation was imperfect and the goal of the Imago Dei, (humanity) is to bring the world to its perfection, to its completion, to its fullness.
A tall order indeed. But isn’t this the work that Jesus has done? Aren’t we, his body, extentions of his work?
I am frustrated that so many Christians have given up healing and restoring this world. It is as if ‘the Kingdom of heaven is not at hand.’ But if the Kingdom has come upon us in the presence and work of Jesus, then Tikkum Olam is a prayer that can actually be answered. ‘The blind see, the dead walk, the poor have the Good News preached to them!’