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Rachael Keefe began “Write Out of Left Field” in Jan. ’12, and now has more than ten years of ministry here and over 500 RCL-based reflections published in this faithful ministry of sharing. Welcome, newcomers and faithful readers alike!
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It’s been a while since I’ve shared anything here. Sabbatical was great and then it was September. I can’t promise I will post every week as I have in the past, though I will post when the Spirit moves. I hope you enjoy my take on Jacob wrestling with God….
On sabbatical until after Labor Day.
Doubt abounds when it should be unity and liberation. Pandemic. Mass shootings. War. Suicide. Super storms. Earthquakes. Floods. Drought. Disease.These events and many more things can cause us to question our faith. And they should. For centuries human beings have been blaming God for things we are often the cause…
If Peter’s vision taught that the followers of Christ could eat any food and maybe didn’t need to follow all the laws of Judaism, does it give any indication of how to resolved the ever-widening divisions of today?
Many of us are half asleep and may even feel half dead under the weight of recent years, and the fear of what is to come. Between grief and fear we could fall under the power of apathy or ambivalence. We might believe that what we say and do won’t make a difference and, thereby, keep doing nothing.
Jesus is still with us asking, “Do you agape me?” The church has yet to say, “Yes, Lord, I agape you and will nurture all that is yours without condition.”
Vulnerability and woundedness opens us to the power of resurrection. We don’t have to be flawless. We have to be authentic and whole, even in our suffering.
Honestly, it doesn’t matter what happened at that tomb so long ago. Faith is an act of resistance. Faith centers a God who promises new life. Faith trusts that new life can happen even in the face of an oppressive Empire.
Jesus risked everything to remind us that life is about more than any individual and we have a responsibility to love our neighbors into liberation.
What would it mean for us today if we heard this passage as an invitation to extravagant love among those who are poor – in finances, in resources, and/or in spirit?
God is always with us. Do we take time to realize that we are always with God? Do we recognize the abundance that is all around us?
What happened to God so loves the entirety of the cosmos (John 3:16) and all are equal before God (e.g. Genesis 1:27, Galatians 3:28)?
God is never on the side of the conquerors. Everything Jesus taught indicates that God is on the side of the marginalized, the oppressed, the outcast, the ones being invaded.
Awaken us to your presence in this world, especially in the fearful and chaotic places. War is not yours. Hate does not come from you. Division is not what you desire for us.
What if witnessing or experiencing some sort of Transfiguration is what allows us to do the work of bringing Divine Love into the world?
How do we as followers of Jesus reclaim this command to love our enemies and treat others as we wish to be treated?
These words are too easily put in service to the Empire rather than the work of liberation.
Do not demand agape, a deep, transforming love, if what is on offer is phileos, a binding, affectionate love. An Epiphany 5C sermon starter.
If healing, wholeness, forgiveness, unity, mercy do not result from our actions, then our actions are not the way of agape, the way of Christ.
We are to include and welcome those who cannot see their own value and those who have been devalued by the world.