“Even in these days…” Matthew 4:1-11 By Don Ludwig, March 22, 2020 Christian Reading: Matthew 4:1-11 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to […]
Gospel of Thomas 70
If you bring forth what is within you,
what you bring forth will save you.
If you do not bring forth what is within you,
what you do not bring forth will destroy you.
Jesus had a pure heart. Just like Thomas Merton. Just like Hussain. They don’t care about anything except telling what is true. They give voice to the unspeakable. They tell of the unspeakable evil in high places.
It is possible to be changed for the better.
It is possible for one’s heart to be known by God.
It is possible to have a sense of peace about who one is and what one is to do.
It is possible for the healing power of silence that comes from grace,
to be transformed into words on behalf of those who suffer in deadly silence.
It truly is possible to be moved through grief and grace to life and purpose.
For that, on this dark night, I bear witness and I am grateful.
Every racist ideology, every claim to exceptionalism, every theology of chosen-ness, every elevation of one’s own suffering over the suffering of others, serves to create more aliens, that is more imbalance of power and justice.
Do not surrender, said the dove. I have come to make a nest in your shoe. I want your step to be light.
Ecclesiastes and Job offer a minority view to the covenants and theology of the Law and the Prophets. It is a minority view that challenges the majority view that life has a plan and a purpose. The minority view says, “Probably not.”