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Author Topic: Rohr Oct 21, 2013 -- Models for Ministry  (Read 766 times)
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« on: October 21, 2013, 03:57:27 PM »

Oct 21, 2013


Richard Rohr's Daily Meditation:
Seven Themes of an Alternative Orthodoxy
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Sixth Theme: The path of descent is the path of transformation.
Darkness, failure, relapse, death, and woundedness are our primary
teachers, rather than ideas or doctrines (Process).


Models for Ministry
Meditation 33 of 51


Mark begins his Gospel with the preaching of John the Baptist, a new
religious voice from the riverside instead of the temple, and from there
calling for change (which is the real meaning of the poorly translated
word “repent”). Big Truth invariably comes from the edges of
society, or those who have been to the edges, or the “wilderness” as
it is here called (Mark 1:3 [1]).

[1]: http://biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+1:3&version=NIV;MSG;DRA;EXB

Jesus’ new reality is affirmed and announced on the margins, where
people are ready to understand and to ask new questions. The
establishment at the center is seldom ready for the truth because it has
too much to protect; it has bought into the system and will invariably
protect the status quo. As Walter Brueggeman [2] says, “the home of hope
is hurt,” and it is seldom comfort or security.

[2]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_brueggemann

John wore a garment of camel hair, and he lived on locusts and wild
honey—surely a non-establishment costume for a son of the priestly
class. John is amazingly free from his own agenda, his own religious and
cultural system, and also his own ego. “He must grow greater, I must
grow smaller” (John 3:30 [3]), he says. John is able to point beyond
himself. He’s not trying to gather people around himself—which is why
he becomes the proto-evangelist. He sets the gold standard of pointing
beyond himself and his own security or status—to the Mystery itself.
Ministry cannot be a career decision, but an urgent vocation.

[3]: http://biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+3:30&version=NIV;MSG;DRA;EXB

One can only conclude that Mark began in this way, not just because it
was historically true, but because it mirrored his own journey. Some
scholars today, especially with new information from the Gnostic
Gospels, think that the anonymous man who “runs away naked” in the
Garden of Gethsemane (Mark 14:50-52 [4]) is very likely Mark himself. He is
quietly admitting that he also “deserted him” (verse 50) and ran
from suffering and humiliation. His “nakedness” is not just his but
ours, too.

[4]: http://biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+14:50-52&version=NIV;MSG;DRA;EXB



Adapted from The Four Gospels (CD, MP3)
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