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-I will be celebrating mass this Easter Sunday at 9:30am in the hall and 11:00am in the church
Jesus Embraced Violence and Death so that Reconciliation and Peace might Live
The effect of the sin of Adam and Eve was isolating violence among God and God's creatures. Cain and Abel are the next generation and they manifest the isolated violence of envy and mistrust that results in death.
What God did in Jesus is to extend Himself to the most violent and hateful experience of human dying precisely so he could reveal so humanity that God is even there. He liberates humanity from their addiction to self and to violent and separating imposition of self upon others. Jesus' disciples, according to the broken human system, deserved the wrath of Jesus upon his resurrected return. But he offers them peace.
His message and power is the liberation from our slavery to self and our "againstness" toward God and others. We didn't know we could survive by loving as God loves. We thought we were doomed to violtent, isolating, competition, envy, rivalry, resentment, dog-eat-dog survival. God created us "for others" - we broke it by being "against" everyone but ourselves. Yuk.
Can we accept the liberation from the slavery of "againstness" and be seet free to be for God and others? That is the resurrection.
How can I say that to C&E christians? Any examples?
Get into the ring! How this works...
This is easy! Each week on Thursday I post my homily idea...my main focus for preaching this coming Sunday. What I am hoping for is a reaction from people in the pews. Does my "focus" connect with your daily life, faith, and experience? Or not? Either affirm the direction I am going in (by giving me an example from your life) or challenge me, ask for clarification! Questions are the best! Reaction rather than reflection is what I'm looking for here. Don't be afraid, get in the ring. Ole!