The Global Family


In the early days of the Cuban Revolution
Che Guevara received a letter from a woman in Spain
Her name, too, was Guevara
She was curious to find out if they were related

He wrote her back telling her
That anyone whose heart is committed
To opposing injustice anywhere in the world
That person was his sister, his brother

–from Ernesto Cardenal, The Gospel in Solentiname


But he said to them:
Who are my mother and brothers?
Then at those who were seated around him
He said: “These are my mother

And my brothers.
Because anyone who does the will of God
That one is my brother, my sister,
And my mother.”

–from the Gospel of Mark


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