The Roman crucifixion of Jesus is the iconic and ironic symbol of today’s deeply troubled Church.
A brief meditation about Sacred irony
With cruel mockery, the Romans labeled Jesus “King of the Jews.” The crucified Jesus proclaimed for all time the essence of genuine Christian belief: the Reign of God — the Way of Jesus — is not about the strong-arm rule of power and control.
In the Reign of God the weak are strong. God’s Reign — rule of Jesus — invites and extolls self-giving, patient listenting, tolerance, understanding, and forgiveness.
Some Christians just never seem to hear or understand what authentic belief is all about.
Christianity is about the powerless power of the Reign of God. And that powerless power reigns wherever the questioning, the least and the most undesirable are favored while the most orthodox and the most powerful are put on the defensive.
When the institutional Church degenerates into the nineteenth century Catholic ethos, it regresses into a sinister and deeply un-Chritsian lifestyle.
No. It is not just a question of a diffent theology or a different ecclesiology. It is a matter of poor theology and bad ecclesiology.
The Rule of Rome is not the Way of Jesus.
Without a change of heart, our old instituition risks the loss of of its immortal soul…..
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Bravo as always,