Monday, March 31, 2014
From the very beginning, God is able to use unlikely figures, and in one
way or another, they are always unable, inept, unprepared, and incapable.
When I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:10)
the Sacred always works
with the material at hand
the tone deaf
the one who insists
“I just can’t speak in front of people”
even the “preacher”
unlikely heroes of the faith
they simply love God
and love others
feed the hungry
comfort the lonelyand heal souls
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Ironically, even the Franciscan concept of “poverty” can be turned into self-aggrandizement. In St. Francis’ teachings, “poverty” is really his code word for not seeking status and upward mobility. Poverty for Francis was not about a material end in itself, but a strategy for the relinquishment of all false power. It seems to me that even some Christian radicals have too strongly identified with material poverty as an end in itself (although we could all stand to simplify our lives), and sometimes sought poverty as another form of superiority!
If you don’t have interior poverty, but need to look good and be admired and think well of yourself, then material poverty is not anything admirable at all. It is just another ego stunt. I have met too many rigid radicals and also very comfortable people who are genuinely and completely poor in spirit. The best is to be both simple in lifestyle and fully open-hearted too.
Inner world outer world
Inner poverty, outer poverty
Inner righteousness, outer righteousness
It really is all about what happens in side
At our Center
Where we and the Sacred connect
It really is all about being permeated by love
So that we can live love
So that we can be love
Sometimes we get very humbled by this reality
I talk love and acceptance a lot
I think, except when I see people with power abusing power
I do pretty well at not being judgmental
and at other times
last night I was reading an article about some Arizona fans getting wild and upset
after a NCAA Tourney Game
the pepper spray had come out
and so of course did the comments
A respondent said something very negative about Arizona
And I type a one word response
And I got called on it
By at least three people
And they were right
I had gotten so tired of all the negative crap,
of all the people cutting down other people,
that I responded by cutting down another person
I am sure I do this all the time when I run into things, and people, I disagree with
“Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.” (Matthew 23:26)
It is tricky, this journey we are on
very tricky indeed
we often stumble
and get pretty muddy and messy down there in the mire
and all we can do is get up
and start the journey again
and go inside
and connect with the sacred
and take care of the inside of our cup!
Saturday, March 29, 2014
WWJD – What would Jesus Do?
A catchy little phrase from a rather smaltzy book from the turn of the century
But it’s a fair question!
We of course
Being who we are
Play with this phrase a lot
Trying to making our point!
WWJS – who would Jesus Shoot (the tag for the NRA)?
WWJS - What would Jesus say (something we should think of re: Facebook)?
WWJL – Who would Jesus Love (applicable in our hateful times)?
WWJK – Kill? I don’t think so, but its out there
WWJD – Who would Jesus Deport? Provocative. Probably no one.
WWJS – See!? The poor, the hurting, but sadly many of us don’t see them
WWJW - this is my new one…
Where would Jesus worship? Or maybe better yet, WWJH, with whom would Jesus hangout (OK, that is WWWJH).
I think this is something we could well think on.
Do you think he would be rubbing shoulders with the Wall Street Elite? 67 of whom make more than billions of other Americans?
Do you think he would be hanging out at and worshiping at Mars Hill, or Hagee’s mega hate palace, or with Osteen in his plush megachurch that pampers the pampered?
Where do you see Jesus living?
Where do you see him spending his days, or for that matter his nights?
It’s a question that may change your perspective about America’s values
America’s form of Christianity.
Your own values (it sure makes me have to think - do I take too much, do I give enough?)
It might even inform our politics.