In a week where hope seemed hard to find, and the prophet bemoans the worship of God’s people, it is God’s “but” that indicates the promise of God’s justice.
Beloved, we are children of God. Let us claim the identity we have been given, and faithfully commit to follow in the footsteps of the saints who have shown us the way to live as God’s beloved.
Christ invites us to change our model of living from an exchange model, based on a mentality of scarcity, to a Eucharistic model, that says as a member of the body of Christ I will give freely as I have gifts and receive freely as I have needs.
Globalism seeks to unify the world in stifling homogeneity for the economic gain of major corporations. Christ seeks to unify the world at the Eucharist to celebrate our great diversity as children of God. One of these is not like the other.
Consumerism is not the rejection of spirituality for materialism. For many people, consumerism is a type of spirituality – if offers purpose, meaning, and identity.
Into a world that keep trying to escape the frailty of the human body, God chooses to send Jesus in the form of the human body. As such an incarnate being, Jesus becomes the model for the church.
There is a Savior, and we are not him, so how do we live into the call to follow in the footsteps of Christ, in his role as Savior?
If Jesus is the example for faithful living, we shouldn’t look past his regular practice of gathering with others around the dinner table. Perhaps faithful living means partying more.
The gospels differ on aspects of Jesus’ life, but they all speak of Jesus in his adult life as a wandering vagabond. And that vagabond is who God declares is the true witness of faithfulness.
Too often we play a guessing game with Christ’s identity, in which we force our perceptions and our desires of a Messiah upon Christ. But Christ didn’t come just for you, Christ came for all people, so stop claiming an infallible opinion of the Messiah, or you’ll be rebuked, just like Peter.