Jesus challenges us today to look beyond our borders and our walls, to see beyond any of the myriad self-imposed lines that we draw: religion, denomination, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and economic status – even the line of faith. God invites us to expand our family today in ways that are just as shocking as it was to Mark’s first-century audience.
We must be careful not to fall for the temptations of power, wealth, and lust that were a constant temptation to Israel and have always tempted humanity. For those who would name themselves Christian – that is, followers of Jesus the Christ – the challenge is to shift the allegiance away from the kingdoms and ideologies of this world unto the kingdom of God. We are invited to hold on to our hope in Christ – for justice, peace, and life – remaining strong against the repercussions that will come, staying faithful and refusing those “values” that don’t produce and demonstrate love. After all, to quote the Most Rev’d. Michael Curry, “If it’s not about love, it’s not about God.”
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The power of the Nicodemus narrative is the way in which we readers, thousands of years later, are invited ourselves to be transformed. We are transformed not by information and facts but by God’s reality in creation. We are transformed because we have become witnesses not to an ideology but to the movement of God. We stand alongside Nicodemus bound by our physical bodies and limited perspective, and invited likewise to participate in the movement of God. … More The Divine Flow
The parable of the three stewards is meant to teach a struggling Christian community how to live out their discipleship. It is about what each one of us is prepared to risk for the sake of Gospel. … More What are you prepared to risk?
We carry on Jesus’ mission of transforming the world by spreading the kingdom of God in our daily lives. Many times, we carry on the vision of those saints who have gone before us, and we make it our own so it will continue to be carried into the future. We honor God, we honor each other, and we honor the lives of those who came before us when we live out the Christian mission. … More For All the Saints
God as authored our lives and has authorized each of us to go into the vineyard. That means that each one of us has authority – a unique authority given to us by God to be exercised on behalf of the world. … More Are you going into the vineyard?
Denying ourselves is about aligning ourselves with God and the divine purpose, rather than aligning ourselves with the Empire and the forces of oppression. Taking up our cross is about choosing the qay of Jesus, about accepting the invitation to discipleship, no matter the cost. … More Taking Up Our Crosses