If you’re hoping that through a “better” balance of power in the US Senate and House, we’ll be a more peaceful nation, you’re putting your hope in the wrong place. Even Jesus found you can’t “make” peace, so he gifted it instead.
Mary McLeod Bethune had a dream of getting rid of the differences that divide us, a vision that was centered in God’s authority for the beloved creation. Stewardship is about responding to such a vision with the gifts and resources God has placed in our lives, to ensure every person knows the great love of God in Jesus Christ.
For St. Francis of Assisi, the way of poverty wasn’t about living with nothing, it was about living without any allegiance due to money. It was about serving God, only.
“Zacchaeus was a wee little man …” or was he? Sometimes it helps to revisit the Biblical text to claim the truth of God’s Holy Word. This story may not be about repentance; perhaps it’s about revelation.
Sometimes, God doesn’t want us to wait; sometimes God shows up when it’s not convenient or helpful for us; sometimes God doesn’t give us time to find a way out; sometimes, God just wants us to respond as faithful stewards so that the love of God may be made known.
Achsah is a little known woman, who was given as a spoil of war by her father to be the wife of her uncle. Yet, even in a world where she was wanted only for her beauty, she persisted to stand up for herself that she could share in the care of God’s creation.
Women aren’t tertiary to the Biblical story, they were significant leaders, who at times were called by God to places of leadership to ensure the future for the people of God. Esther is one such woman, who, though given into a palace harem by her legal guardian, persisted against all expectations to lead the people of God in faithfulness.
While many will claim men as the sole representatives of faithful leading, we must claim and tell the stories of the women who have come before us and declare their witness as models, as mentors, and as leaders who have exemplified faithfulness in God’s continuing work for justice.
Women have been neglected by society, left out of our historical narrative, and have been given little more than tertiary roles. Sadly, the Church has also limited the role of women, ignoring the Biblical stories of women in leadership. Yet, many women of faith have persisted in following God, even when it meant speaking out, standing up, and risking their lives amidst a patriarchal hierarchy. Miriam offers us such an example.
The language of love is erotic and steamy, just read Song of Songs (Song of Solomon). It’s a Biblical profession of the power of true love, and we shouldn’t limit it or water it down by writing it off as allegorical.