“Zapped” by agape. Acts 2:1-21 May we all be zapped by that same love. And then step out and live the faith we believe. #pentecost #progressivechristian
My mother is still my teacher. Once she taught me how to tie my shoes, to read, and the way of the world. Now she teaches me about the way of the Spirit.
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I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.’ John 13:34-35
It’s not “love” of course. Although that’s a good place to start. It’s agapé, and that’s a whole different kettle of fish.
If we’re to be known as Christians by the quality of our relationship with one another, it’s going to look a lot different than it would if we were to just walk around like the hippies of the 60s used to, with flowers in our hair and hoping that everything would turn out fine.
To follow this commandment, we have to roll up our sleeves and get our hands dirty. We have to take chances, risk as much as the Gospel writers have Jesus risking. And we have to be prepared to not only get it wrong, but to lose even when we get it right.
And that’s not easy.
But then again, I don’t recall seeing anything about “easy” in any of our sacred texts.
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Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; Revelation 21:3-4
There are times when I can’t help but agree with the ancient astronaut theorists – this passage sounds for all the world like the way someone from a primitive culture might describe a spaceship landing. That, I think, would be kind of cool.
On a spiritual and metaphorical level, however, I’m drawn to the concept that the “home of God is among mortals.” The author of John’s Revelation still understood God as a separate being but we can apply our modern understanding to the words to see Theos in the universal light of one Creation; one existence that is both immanent and transcendent.
Once we begin to accept the inseverability of our relationship with Theos, and the inseverability of God’s relationship with us, we can begin to appreciate the immensity of what we’re called to be part of.
We also begin to be challenged with the daunting task of living up to, each in our own way, the call to be part of the transformation of the world that we’ve just acknowledged with the celebration of Easter.
The physical reality of the Resurrection is irrelevant. It’s a sign, not of some future reward for good behaviour, but of the inextinguishable spark of God’s Presence within each of us at all times.
Imagine the man Jesus, hanging by his arms, pushing against the nails in his feet so that he could breathe,being worried that his mom was going to be okay.
In The Last Temptation of Christ, Jesus tells Judas that he must betray him. Because Jesus doesn’t have the strength to do it on his own.
As Easter approaches, can we reflect on the choices we’ve made; and can we say that we’ve made them in the same spirit as did the Christ?
As we approach Easter, Let’s take fifteen minutes each day to meditate/reflect/pray on the mutuality – the agapé relationship – that encompasses us and all things.
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