October 6

Reflection

“…the vision still has its time,presses on to fulfillment, and will not disappoint;
if it delays, wait for it,it will surely come…”
Habbakuk 2:2-4

The prophet Habbakuk was caught in a particular situation in his own historic time, yet his words speak to us now. We, who have been captivated by the vision of Jesus, must keep it alive and believe in its unfolding. Jesus’ whole work was directed to one thing: a radical transformation of human relationships and human institutions according to his vision of God’s will for them. The kingdom of God as preached by Jesus was a vision of a radical transformation of human beings and human institutions to a form that expressed the character and nature of God. The kingdom would be realized when God ruled in the hearts of people and was manifested in their social relationships. Jesus proclaimed the ”good news” that through persons whose hearts and relationships were congruent with their commitment to God, God would bring about the justice and harmony of creation. This was not to be just in the spiritual dimension but was also included the political, economic and social implications of building a world of just relationships. For this vision Jesus lived; for this vision he courageously spoke truth to power; for this vision he was willing to die.

Prayer

Help me to live according to the vision of Jesus.

Action

We must become the change we wish to see.(Gandhi) How can I do this? With whom can I join to work toward fulfilling the vision?

Suggested Reading

How long, O Lord? I cry for help
but you do not listen!
I cry out to you, “Violence!”
but you do not intervene.
Why do you let me see ruin;
why must I look at misery?
Destruction and violence are before me;
there is strife, and clamorous discord.
Then the Lord answered me and said:
Write down the vision clearly upon the tablets,
so that one can read it readily.
For the vision still has its time,
presses on to fulfillment, and will not disappoint;
if it delays, wait for it,
it will surely come, it will not be late.
The rash one has no integrity;
but the just one, because of his faith, shall live.
Habbakuk 1:1-2,2:2-4

Where there is no vision the people perish.
Proverbs 29:18

In the culture of orthodoxy, mention of alternatives is considered deviant and subversive. Indeed, all talk about a different and better future tends to be suspect to the orthodox world of politics and religion. When people begin to think differently, they pose a threat to those who feel that they alone have a monopoly on how to manage the prevailing reality. But, as St. Paul reminds us, the luring Spirit is the one who dispenses gifts with prolific generosity, not among some, but among all.

Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.
Joel A. Barker

A leader’s role is to raise people’s aspirations for what they can become and to release their energies so they will try to get there.
David Gergen

Dissatisfaction and discouragement are not caused by the absence of things but the absence of vision.
Anonymous

“Some believe there is nothing one man or one woman can do against the enormous array of the world’s ills — against misery, against ignorance, or injustice and violence. Yet many of the world’s great movements, of thought and action, have flowed from the work of a single man. A young monk began the Protestant reformation, a young general extended an empire from Macedonia to the borders of the earth, and a young woman reclaimed the territory of France. It was a young Italian explorer who discovered the New World, and 32 year old Thomas Jefferson who proclaimed that all men are created equal. ‘Give me a place to stand,’ said Archimedes, ‘and I will move the world.’ These men moved the world, and so can we all.
Robert F. Kennedy

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