Why I'm Participating in Lent

Lent imitates the 40 day fast of Jesus in the wilderness where I learn to say no to my appetite for food or to be in the know on social media. With the body of Jesus, we willingly make ourselves weak so that we learn in a concrete way that we are not satisfied by bread alone but by the word of God, Jesus. In this, the Spirit of Jesus enables us to see and live into a reality that wasn’t accessible to us before.

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(Re)learning How to Receive Good News Part 2

Jacob, the brother of Jesus says to receive the word of God with meekness, which is able to save our souls. There is so much baggage around that word souls that we don’t have time to get into but this statement will serve this particular post specifically in regards to ‘receiving good news’. If you want an introduction into re-thinking the concept of soul, click the hyperlink.

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The Launching of God's New World

Jesus began his ministry proclaiming, “The time is fulfilled, the kingdom of God is at hand, repent and believe the good news.” Centuries of waiting, but it is here. What God has promised to do has dawned on the world in Jesus, the son of Mary. If anyone is confused about the heart of the gospel, it is this: God’s kingdom has broken into the present evil age and is being made available through Jesus.

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Learning How to Wait

When we learn to wait “as the beloved of God”, we’re enabled to love well. Presence, listening, patience, kindness, faithfulness, self control, and gentleness are suffocated by an anxious person who can’t control their inhibitions. If we are unable to live in the love of God, trusting in his fatherly care, we’ll be incapacitated in our ability to love others. We’ll instead be demanding, coercive, manipulative, or check out. The wait is just too burdensome.

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Theological Reflection from Matthew 28:16-20

The good news is that Jesus is not like us. He does not see authority like we do. He does not seek to consolidate authority for himself. He does not think, maybe I should give my authority to people I know will not make a mess a things. But authority embodied by Jesus is not about meticulous control. It is about empowerment and freedom into a life transforming vocation.

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