When two people hear the same Scripture reading, there can be two completely different perceptions, and responses. In a way this is good, since the Holy Spirit speaks to us through our individual human nature, and we respond with the various gifts we have been given to build up the Body of Christ. So one may respond like Mary, and one like Martha, one in prayer and one in act. And both work to serve and glorify God. But there is also the danger of missing the true meaning of Scripture in a false meaning. After all, there have been centuries of well meaning heretics leading people astray in Scriptural interpretation that boggles the mind. For this interpretation always butts heads with the Traditional, and official, interpretation of the Church.
But heretics aside, the greatest misinterpretation is the misinterpretation of God's Ultimate Plan for us--and the ultimate meaning of Charity.
"Thus says the LORD of hosts: In those days ten men of every nationality, speaking different tongues, shall take hold, yes, take hold of every Jew by the edge of his garment and say, 'Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.'” Zechariah 8:20-23
Some Scriptural translations have it as 'a Jew,' versus the above 'every Jew.' With this in mind, the danger that people have is to identify themselves with their nation, their tribe, their community, their ethnicity, their gender, or their sexual preference, as 'every Jew,' and as the gateway to God, to Truth, and to the ultimate reality (i.e., the utopians). But, in Truth, as the gateway to God, or, in the context in which we are speaking, as the True People of God, there really is only 'a Jew,' Jesus Christ, who leads people to God.
God's Will, and real Charity--separate from pride, and utopian silliness--is in the One versus the every.
"And of Zion they shall say: 'One and all were born in her; and he who has established her is the Most High LORD.'” Psalm 87:1-7
Old Testament Prophecies of Universal peace always point towards heaven. But first it makes its presence in the Eucharistic Sacrifice of the Mass. And this is very important to remember in a world saturated, inundated, and tempted toward pride. Charity in the Loving Mercy of God, in the Most Perfect Sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross, perpetuated in the Eucharistic Sacrifice of the Mass, reveals our true Home and our True purpose in the Life of the Holy Trinity. And, yes, this does include charity (social justice) on earth.
But it doesn't end there.
“'Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?' Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they journeyed to another village." Luke 9:51-56
Love begins in the heart as the man, and woman, forgiven by the Merciful Father yearns, in the Spirit, to Love 'Abba' like the only begotten Son. And there is only one Way--Truly immersed in Jesus. Immersed in Jesus, however, means living a truly human life. And this comes with the realization that God alone is Holy. And everyone else, to include ourselves, falls short in sin. Therefore, utopias are shattered in the daily wars, and bickerings, and squabbles, and misperceptions, and nitpicking that goes on, even in the Body of Christ. Heaven on earth is Life in Christ, Eucharist in communion, forgiveness in Reconciliation, and prayer and charity in the Spirit. It all points toward God, through God, in God, not in an earthly utopia, but in Heaven, which means in the Transcendent Life of God.
We, therefore, must loosen our grip on utopia, and hold strong to the mystery and promise of the thrice invisible, yet Incarnate God--Eucharistic, Sacramental, Scriptural, ecclesial, and poor--in the struggling person in our neighbor...and the person in the mirror.