Friday, February 9, 2024
Jesus turns around power over others, into power with others; an empowerment of all people ANNOUNCEMENT For Emmaus Liturgy,
This Sunday, February 11, 2024
We are just days away before the day that signals the beginning of Lent, Ash Wednesday, where we are all called to journey, along with Jesus, his 40 days in the wilderness. In an article that Nancy found from 2017 by Lindsey Paris-Lopez, a “theology of resistance” was highlighted as a lens from which we might view Jesus’ quest in the desert.
With the echo of the word “Beloved” still ringing in his ears, Jesus goes it alone into the wilderness. He resists the pull of staying connected to his tribe and ventures forth…alone… to meet up with the monumental challenges he will face in body, mind and spirit.
The article conveys that the first step of RESISTANCE is: REPENTANCE… which means to “turn around,” to see things differently…to view from another angle or perspective. The Jewish people expected and predicted that a Messiah would come in power and might, but Jesus came in vulnerability, with healings and blessings, not just for the powerful, but for the power-less.
Jesus turns around power over others, into power with others; an empowerment of all people. Instead of tribal exclusions, Jesus turns around the “ex” into “in”clusion of all people.
Throughout the article, RESISTANCE is not only joined by REPENTANCE, but by 3 other Rs: to REAFFIRM that we are all one tribe, one family, one people of God…no exceptions. To REFOCUS our gaze with love and compassion for all people…no exceptions. And to REMEMBER that we are all…everyone of us… BELOVED!
Sunday’s liturgy will call us to resist the pull of tribe; to repent, turn around and see things differently; to reaffirm our own empowerment; to refocus our gaze of love and compassion; and to remember… we are beloved!
See you Sunday! - with love - Nancy, Mary Ellen, and Victoria