Company

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From Rowan Williams Being Disciples: Essentials of the Christian Life: “Being where Jesus is means being in the company of the people whose company Jesus seeks and keeps. Jesus chooses the company of the excluded, the disreputable, the wretched, the self-hating, the poor, the diseased; so that is where you are going to find yourself. If you are going to be where Jesus is, if your discipleship is not intermittent but a way of being, you will find yourself in the same sort of human company as he is in. It is once again a reminder that our discipleship is not about choosing our company but choosing the company of Jesus –or rather, getting used to the fact of having been chosen for the company of Jesus.”

Roger

Faithfulness of Christ

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From Bruce Longenecker’s Triumph of Abraham’s God: “Whereas Paul can speak of being crucified with the crucified one, of dying with the one who died in order to live with the one who lives… so he can talk of Christian participation in the faithfulness (πίστις) of Jesus through their own faith (πίστις)—a faith occasioned and inspired by the coming of Christ’s faithfulness. If God’s in-breaking into the world has emerged from the faithfulness of Christ and resulted in the establishment of a new world, so Christian faith in the Faithful One is the means of participation in that eschatological event, in anticipation of its future culmination.”

Roger

Doing Good Toward Enemies

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From Amy-Jill Levine’s Stories by Jesus [the concluding paragraph of her chapter on the Good Samaritan]: “Can we finally agree that it is better to acknowledge the humanity and the potential to do good in the enemy, rather than to choose death? Will we be able to care for our enemies, who are also our neighbors? Will we be able to bind up their wounds rather than blow up their cities? And can we imagine that they might do the same for us? Can we put into practice that inauguration promise of not leaving the wounded traveler on the road? The biblical text—and concern for humanity’s future—tell us we must.”

Roger

Being Disciples

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From Rowan Williams Being Disciples: Essentials of the Christian Life: “So ‘being disciples’ means at least two things. It means very simply going on asking whether what we do, how we think and speak and act, is open to Christ and Christ’s Spirit; developing the skills of asking ourselves the difficult questions about our consistency and honesty, about how seriously we take what we say. And it is also about how we as a Church go on being a learning community, how we grow in depth of relation with each other and God.”

Roger

Open Hearts

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From Pema Chodron’s The Places and Scare You: “OUR PERSONAL ATTEMPTS to live humanely in this world are never wasted. Choosing to cultivate love rather than anger just might be what it takes to save the planet from extinction. What is it that allows our goodwill to expand and our prejudice and anger to decrease? This is a significant question. Traditionally it is said that the root of aggression and suffering is ignorance. But what is it that we are ignoring? Entrenched in the tunnel vision of our personal concerns, what we ignore is our kinship with others. One reason we train as warrior bodhisattvas [open hearts] is to recognize our interconnectedness—to grow in understanding that when we harm another, we are harming ourselves. So we train in recognizing our uptightness. We train in seeing that others are not so different from ourselves. We train in opening our hearts and minds in increasingly difficult situations.”

Roger

The Faithfulness of Christ

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From Richard Hays’ The Faith of Christ: “In a mysterious way, Jesus has enacted our destiny, and those who are in Christ are shaped by the pattern of his self-giving death. He is the prototype of redeemed humanity. Thus for Paul, “the faithfulness of Jesus Christ” has an incorporative character. That is why Paul says, “I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now life in the flesh I live by the faithfulness of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Gal. 2: 19-20). Jesus is not merely a good moral example; rather, his story transforms and absorbs the world. The old world has been crucified and new creation has broken in through Jesus’s death and resurrection (Gal. 6: 14-15).”

Roger

Goodness

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From Michael Crosby’s The Fruit of the Spirit: Pauline Mysticism for the Church Today: “Pope Francis has said, “The goodness of God does not have limits and does not discriminate against anyone.” In a similar way Richard Rohr has written, “The goodness of God fills all the gaps of the universe, without discrimination or preference. God is the gratuity of absolutely everything. The space in between everything is not space at all but Spirit. God is the “‘ goodness glue’ that holds the dark and light of things together.” In commenting on God’s supreme goodness as a manifestation of God’s triune self-giving love, Ilia Delio writes that “we can say that God’s being is the embodiment of the self-diffusive good. … Moreover, this self-diffusing goodness and love do not stop here. Delio adds, “Agapic love is the foundation of all created reality.” Indeed, “we can say that creation is truly loved into being” and that “the consummation of the human person and of all created reality is not participation in absolute being but in absolute good or love.”

Roger