“Bible texts are best read with a pair of glasses made out of today’s newspaper. “
– Dorothee Sölle,
German theologian and writer, from Justice in an Unjust World, by Karen Labacqz.
Category Archives: Christianity
In the words of Jesus in Matthew 6:
5. And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites [are]: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen [do]: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
But, typically our friends on the right are all upset that Obama is practicing this, rather than being like the hypocrites or Bush.
I’ve been busy with my German friends’ visit (they left yesteday), my Monday BH homeless meal volunteering and a new project for Get on the Bus which took me away most of the day, so I’ve had little time to think about anything serious. But, I did get this daily meditation from Fr. Richard Rohr (subscribe here) which I just loved and share with you.
If you accept that there was a Resurrection that will not necessarily lead to any active or transformative faith. (Of course God could raise up Jesus if he wanted to. Mere belief in miracles does not transform us.) But if you can trust that God would do the same for you, then you also will be changed, and you can begin to change the world. The Resurrection was not a miracle to prove that Jesus was in union with God, although it does have that effect. It is the revelation of how God does things in all of time!
Just saying “Wow!” about Jesus being raised from the dead, does nothing for God, for the world, or for you. It is the same excitement as a magic show. But if you can say “Wow!” about what can and is happening now, then the Mystery of Resurrection has moved into our space and our time—and all time. Resurrection is God’s job description, not a one time magic show.
As we enter Holy Week, here are some thoughts from Fr. Richard Rohr on what Christianity can/should be.
Rohr’s four categories/aspects/characteristics of the new Christian reformation are:
- “an honest, broad, ecumenical Jesus scholarship”
- “a contemplative mind”
- “a conclusion that many of the major concerns of Jesus are at major variance with what most of our churches have emphasized”
- “new structures … new community mechanisms that can make this [new reformation] possible, because we don’t want to form a new denomination”
While I could give up something like bread, sweets or coffee, I’ve chosen to give up something which is for me a bit harder to do.
In an effort to both give up something. as well as to replace the time spent on bwith things a bit more focused on personal spiritual growth, I am giving up blogging for Lent.
Will I make it until Easter? I guess it depends to some degree on what happens in the world at large and my world. So, see you around April 12th.
A part of my Lenten discipline will be to follow the daily Lenten Devotionals written by fellow All Saints’ parishioners. You can follow here too.
“I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. They are so unlike your Christ.