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29th January 2017 - 4th Sunday of the Year

posted 27 Jan 2017, 05:53 by Veronica Yarwood


H.B. & Hw.

 

Seek, obey and find shelter. Seek the Lord always, obey

the Lord and find total security. Nor is this obedience a

box ticking exercise. Rather it is identity. We identify

with the Lord in thought, word and deed. As St. Paul

expresses it: "In your minds you must be the same as

Christ, Jesus." (Phil: 2.5) Word and deed follow.

 

This way we are outside and beyond, neither "wise in the

ordinary sense of the word, influential or noble." These

are not the categories of a true Christianity. Outside the

generally accepted thinking and way beyond human

imagination, "God has made (us) members of Christ,

Jesus" and Christ Jesus is "our wisdom, and our virtue, and

our holiness, and our freedom." Our only boast is the

Lord. What a relief! We really do not have to impress

anyone. We do not need to be always in the driving seat,

always in control, always having the last word. Even basic

common sense recognises the madness of the control freak.

 

Instead, we are invited to beatitude and happiness; the

happiness of 'spiritual childhood' and total dependence on

God. It's back to our favourite theme of letting God be

God. Then the divine qualities emerge in our persons and

peoples, the gentleness that inherits the earth, the comfort

of the broken-hearted, the satisfaction of hunger and thirst

for what is right. We let God be God and mercy floods our

lives and loves. We let God be God and at last it dawns,

the vision of God in all our experience. All this in context

of well-being, true peace in our time, peace now, even

though the presenting symptoms of total disintegration are

all about us. Not for the children of God, however, who let

God be God now and forever.

 

As the Book of Revelation makes absolutely clear, God's

is the victory and the victory is now, despite presenting

persecution, abuse and all kinds of calumny and chaos.

"The Kingdom is not on the horizon. It is here and now, in

our sharing of Christ's death and resurrection." And

indeed,

"How happy are the poor in spirit, (those who let God be

God in their lives)

theirs is the Kingdom of heaven." (Mt: 5.3)

 

29th January 2017 – 4th Sunday of the Year

H.B. & Hw.

 

Seek, obey and find shelter. Seek the Lord always, obey

the Lord and find total security. Nor is this obedience a

box ticking exercise. Rather it is identity. We identify

with the Lord in thought, word and deed. As St. Paul

expresses it: "In your minds you must be the same as

Christ, Jesus." (Phil: 2.5) Word and deed follow.

 

This way we are outside and beyond, neither "wise in the

ordinary sense of the word, influential or noble." These

are not the categories of a true Christianity. Outside the

generally accepted thinking and way beyond human

imagination, "God has made (us) members of Christ,

Jesus" and Christ Jesus is "our wisdom, and our virtue, and

our holiness, and our freedom." Our only boast is the

Lord. What a relief! We really do not have to impress

anyone. We do not need to be always in the driving seat,

always in control, always having the last word. Even basic

common sense recognises the madness of the control freak.

 

Instead, we are invited to beatitude and happiness; the

happiness of 'spiritual childhood' and total dependence on

God. It's back to our favourite theme of letting God be

God. Then the divine qualities emerge in our persons and

peoples, the gentleness that inherits the earth, the comfort

of the broken-hearted, the satisfaction of hunger and thirst

for what is right. We let God be God and mercy floods our

lives and loves. We let God be God and at last it dawns,

the vision of God in all our experience. All this in context

of well-being, true peace in our time, peace now, even

though the presenting symptoms of total disintegration are

all about us. Not for the children of God, however, who let

God be God now and forever.

 

As the Book of Revelation makes absolutely clear, God's

is the victory and the victory is now, despite presenting

persecution, abuse and all kinds of calumny and chaos.

"The Kingdom is not on the horizon. It is here and now, in

our sharing of Christ's death and resurrection." And

indeed,

"How happy are the poor in spirit, (those who let God be

God in their lives)

theirs is the Kingdom of heaven." (Mt: 5.3)

 

29th January 2017 – 4th Sunday of the Year

H.B. & Hw.

 

Seek, obey and find shelter. Seek the Lord always, obey

the Lord and find total security. Nor is this obedience a

box ticking exercise. Rather it is identity. We identify

with the Lord in thought, word and deed. As St. Paul

expresses it: "In your minds you must be the same as

Christ, Jesus." (Phil: 2.5) Word and deed follow.

 

This way we are outside and beyond, neither "wise in the

ordinary sense of the word, influential or noble." These

are not the categories of a true Christianity. Outside the

generally accepted thinking and way beyond human

imagination, "God has made (us) members of Christ,

Jesus" and Christ Jesus is "our wisdom, and our virtue, and

our holiness, and our freedom." Our only boast is the

Lord. What a relief! We really do not have to impress

anyone. We do not need to be always in the driving seat,

always in control, always having the last word. Even basic

common sense recognises the madness of the control freak.

 

Instead, we are invited to beatitude and happiness; the

happiness of 'spiritual childhood' and total dependence on

God. It's back to our favourite theme of letting God be

God. Then the divine qualities emerge in our persons and

peoples, the gentleness that inherits the earth, the comfort

of the broken-hearted, the satisfaction of hunger and thirst

for what is right. We let God be God and mercy floods our

lives and loves. We let God be God and at last it dawns,

the vision of God in all our experience. All this in context

of well-being, true peace in our time, peace now, even

though the presenting symptoms of total disintegration are

all about us. Not for the children of God, however, who let

God be God now and forever.

 

As the Book of Revelation makes absolutely clear, God's

is the victory and the victory is now, despite presenting

persecution, abuse and all kinds of calumny and chaos.

"The Kingdom is not on the horizon. It is here and now, in

our sharing of Christ's death and resurrection." And

indeed,

"How happy are the poor in spirit, (those who let God be

God in their lives)

theirs is the Kingdom of heaven." (Mt: 5.3)

 

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