November 14

Reflection

Jesus expressed symbolically what he saw and how he understood the tender mercy and creative and all-embracing Divine-Unfolding that could not otherwise be expressed in finite words. Language and symbols as Jesus used them were meant not for the intellect and mind, but, primarily to transform our hearts and to deepen our relation with one another. Jesus was a man of vision concerned primarily for the ‘reign of God”, not as a concept but as a living, ever-transforming reality that would bring justice to an oppressive world order, change the way we related with each other, and guide us all.  He spoke his vision with conviction, and he lived it—healing the sick, the downtrodden, and the ostracized of his day. With integrity (not violence) he challenged the dominating system of his time. He pointed to the profound Mystery of Love that calls us to move ever more deeply into the reality of the Divine.
Adapted from On Becoming Who We Are

Prayer

Create in us new hearts.

Action

What is your image of Jesus and of being his follower? How does that stand against the dominating systems of our time?  Does your adherence to Jesus “transform hearts and deepen our relation with one another” for you?

Suggested Reading

Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.
Matthew 13:10-13

He did not speak to them without a parable; but He was explaining everything privately to His own disciples.
Mark 4:34

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Psalm 51:10

The trouble with deep belief is that it costs something And there is something inside me, some selfish beast of a subtle thing that doesn’t like the truth at all because it carries responsibility, and if I actually believe these things I have to do something about them. It is so, so cumbersome to believe anything.
Donald Miller

Jesus of Nazareth always comes asking disciples to follow him–not merely “accept him,” not merely “believe in him,” not merely “worship him,” but to follow him: one either follows Christ, or one does not. There is no compartmentalization of the faith, no realm, no sphere, no business, no politic in which the lordship of Christ will be excluded. We either make him Lord of all lords, or we deny him as Lord of any.
Lee Cam 

Followers follow, and those who don’t follow aren’t followers. To follow Jesus means to follow Jesus into a society where justice rules, where love shapes everything. To follow Jesus means to take up his dream and work.
Scot McKnight

If following Jesus Christ doesn’t cost you anything, it’s because you’ve bought into ‘American Christianity.’
Paul Washer

We must show our Christian colors if we are to be true to Jesus Christ.
 C. S. Lewis

We should live our lives as though Christ were coming this afternoon.
Jimmy Carter

Jesus is God spelling Himself out in language that men can understand.
S.D. Gordon

Christianity is not a doctrine, not truth as truth, but the knowledge of a Person; it is knowing the Lord Jesus. You cannot be educated into being a Christian.
T. Austin-Sparks

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