Saturday, April 30, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Saturday, April 16, 2011
We know better how to deal with a murderer or a terrorist than we know how to accept the Prince of Peace who rides into our lives not on the power of white stallion but on the simplicity of a donkey. Christ chose the way of peace, of love, of forgiveness in a world far more violent and malevolent than ours. I need to remind myself more often that His Way is the way, the ultimate source of peace, love, justice, and mercy. And it is His Way that triumphs over ridicule, rejection, torture and death. Do I have that courage?
Saturday, April 9, 2011
I love what Henri Nouwen writes about our allowing God to transform our past. When we let him, God does break into our lives to re-create hope and aliveness.
"Jesus' own suffering was brought upon him by the forces of darkness. Still he speaks about his suffering and death as his way to glory.
It is very hard to keep bringing all of our past under the light of gratitude. There are so many things about which we feel guilt and shame, so many things we simply wish had never happened. But each time we have the courage to look at "the all of it" and to look at it as God looks at it, our guilt becomes a happy guilt and our shame a happy shame because they have brought us to a deeper recognition of God's mercy, a stronger conviction of God's guidance, and a more radical commitment to a life in God's service.
Once all of past is remembered in gratitude, we are free to be sent into the world to proclaim good news to others. Just as Peter's denials didn't paralyze him but, once forgiven, became a new source of his faithfulness, so can all our failures and betrayals be transformed into gratitude and enable us to become messengers of hope."