In this season of Advent, we may want to question if we have put too much attention toward the temporary and seasonal gifts, bows, trees, parties, and lights. But perhaps getting rid of them is not the most faithful way.
Saying the Jesus Prayer is not about your personal relationship with Christ. It’s about your becoming part of the Body of Christ.
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?
The new testament makes it clear, Jesus really is a home wrecker. But perhaps not in the way we’d imagine.
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.