Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The summons

If we are truly entering into Holy Week - all that it means and all that it has to give - we can let this happen:

We have gotten so used to the ultimate Christian fact--Jesus naked, stripped, crucified and risen--that we no longer see it for what it is: a summons to strip ourselves of earthly cares and worldly wisdom, all desire for human praise, greediness for any kind of comfort; a readiness to stand up and be counted as peacemakers in a violent world; a willingness to let go of those pretenses that would have us believe that we really aren't worldly. Even the last rag we cling to--the self-flattery that suggests we are being humble when we disclaim any resemblance to Jesus Christ--even that rag has to go when we stand face to face with the crucified Lord.

-- Brennan Manning


  1. Thank Goodness for honesty, however scary and confronting that might be. It seems to me that in daring to be honest and stripped bare we gain a power and sense of self that is so deep that we are capable to 'step up to the plate' and be peacemakers.
    Thanks Ellie, it is a good reminder and I love the image, it seems so consoling. Love Caro

  2. Hello, Caro. I agree with you about the empowerment. It's paradoxical, isn't it?

    I'm glad you like the image. When I found it, I was really struck by its appeal. It's a 12th century mosaic. Truly stunning.


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