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January 25, 2024: for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the God of peace as the waters cover the sea


Thursday, January 25, 2024:

for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the God of peace as the waters cover the sea


Quote for the Day:


“The wolf shall live with the lamb; the leopard shall lie down with the kid. The calf and the lion will feed together, and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze; their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den. They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the God of peace as the waters cover the sea.”

(Isaiah 11:6–9)



From John Dear:

Dear friends, Blessings of Christ’s peace to you!

 

 What a wonderful blessing it will be to dialogue with one of the world’s greatest theologians, Elizabeth Johnson, on Saturday Feb. 10th with the Beatitudes Center. I will be asking her about her new book of meditations, “Come, Have Breakfast: Meditations on God and the Earth” (Orbis) as well her thoughts on a theology and spirituality of peace and creation, scripture, Jesus, and God.

 

In one of her reflections, she ponders the great oracle of Isaiah 11, which portrays the coming of God’s reign of nonviolence here on earth, when all the animals and all the humans are finally disarmed and live together in peace, and there shall be no harm, no violence, no war anywhere on earth. This is the reign of God that Jesus comes to announce, a new world of nonviolence at hand.

 

Elizabeth Johnson suggests that Mark’s Gospel alludes to this vision right at the start when he inserts a note that after his baptism, Jesus went into the wilderness “where he was with the wild beasts” (1:13). Discerning readers, she suggests, notice that with this passing comment, Mark is announcing the coming of the Messianic peace foretold by Isaiah.

 

“In Mark’s scene there is no sense of danger from the ferocious beasts,” she writes. “Neither is there any domination or domestication from the human side. There is no hostility between animals and human, no violence in any direction. Instead, Jesus is with the animals, a word that elsewhere has a strong positive sense of close association or friendship…Such peaceable company offers a glimpse of the promised ultimate destiny of humankind, when enmity and threat among creatures will be healed. With Jesus’s advent, the hoped-for future is at hand.”

 




 It is consoling to hear a wise theologian unpack and reflect on such beautiful oracles and visions. Join us to hear more!

 

To register for this and other upcoming zoom sessions, visit

 

Elizabeth Johnson

Saturday February 10, 2024

All programs begin 11am Pacific/ 12pm Mountain/ 1pm Central/ 2pm Eastern time


(except for the Lenten series on Wednesdays). You will receive the zoom link a few days beforehand, so be on the lookout, and a recording link afterwards. If you have questions, email Kassandra at beatitudescentermb@gmail.com.

 

Scholarships are available.

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