So, let me ask you, does God care now? Is God’s pathos–even suffering and anger–aroused now? Is God’s heart broken now, these days, with this country, with the wider global, human community in how we treat one another and the earth itself?
Amos 8:1-12, July 14, 2019
This is how God works. The is a resounding truth that echoes through the pages of the Bible: “God chooses to love–and not only love–but side with and move through the outcast, the downtrodden, the least, the seemingly power-less.”
What mantles of prophetic faith have we personally, or as a congregation, received? From whom have we received them?
God meets us in those places of retreat and despair.
If we imagine that truth is the enemy of mystery, it is only because we live in a world that insists on “knowing” in a way that is cataloguing and possessive, that insists that what is “true” is something inert, something that can be examined from all sides and seen to hold together, something that can be exhausted.
“I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one,” Jesus prayed.
To do any kind of work on the Sabbath was a violation of Mosaic law and certainly pushed the bounds of the covenantal theology. The simple act of restoring this man’s wellness speaks volumes about Jesus’ priorities.
“Battlefield Sheep Formation” – when the vulnerable are threatened, the herd bands together.
Both of these men experience moments of transformation, and even though they’re dramatic and fantastical, I think we can see something of ourselves in Saul and/or Ananias.