Over and over, Jesus lays this path before us. There is nothing to be renounced or resisted. Everything can be embraced, but the catch is to cling to nothing. You let it go. You go through life like a knife goes through a done cake, picking up nothing, clinging to nothing, sticking to nothing. And . . . you can then throw yourself out, pour yourself out, being able to give it all back, even giving back life itself. That’s the kenotic path in a nutshell. Very, very simple. It only costs everything.
We have seen incredible things today. Luke 5:26
We are rightly amazed when we read or see a miracle occur. Yet far too often, we characterize that action as being something others can do, certainly nothing we could never do, because, after all, it’s Jesus doing that. But we are called to be Jesus. We are called to be his love. Wouldn’t a kind word or action to someone who desperately needs some affirmation of their worthiness in life be something incredible or miraculous to them?
Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat; The calf and the young lion shall browse together, with a little child to guide them. Isaiah 11:6
Jesus the Christ came to realize that vision. The final vision is that not only will all men and women recognize that they are brothers and sisters called to live in unity, but all members of God’s creation will come together in complete harmony. How can you keep the vision of the peaceable kingdom and God’s beloved community alive in your sphere of influence?
Your sins are forgiven. Luke 5:20
Sin is many things but most importantly it is separation from God. It is a willful movement away from him. And what does God do about this action on our part? He hastens to have us return. He unceasingly calls us back to communion with him through repentance, that opposite path of distancing. Stop running from him – stop – for he seeks to embrace you in his love.
The Word Among Us
Here is your God . . . he comes to save you. Isaiah 35:4
God is unconditionally devoted to us and continues to pursue us even when we continue to mess up and distance ourselves from him. He never abandons us even though that is often our thought. He seeks us and desires us. But that doesn’t always mean he will solve the very thing that we are trapped in that keeps us from being open to him. We need to stop and listen for him.
Give Us This Day
My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. . . . I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.
– Thomas Merton