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« on: October 22, 2013, 09:05:46 AM »

Oct 22, 2013

Richard Rohr's Daily Meditation:
Seven Themes of an Alternative Orthodoxy

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).

Religious Leaders Can Be the Worst Enemies of the Actual Message
Meditation 34 of 51

Three times in the Gospel of Mark Jesus prophesies his necessary
rejection and persecution by “the chief priests, scribes, and teachers
of the Law” (8:31 [1]). There should be a message there, somehow.


Then the first time Jesus tells the disciples that “The Human
One”—as he deliberately calls himself—will suffer grievously and
be rejected and put to death (Mark 8:31 [1]), Peter totally rejects this
path. Jesus strongly rebukes him—and this is the only person that
Jesus ever calls a devil (Mark 8:33 [2]). For some reason, Roman Catholics
are never told that the first “Pope” also got the strongest
reprimand and directly rejected the necessary path, and is the only one
who later denies Jesus three times.


This is good news for the possibility of conversion, but bad news for
those who think that religious authorities are always right. In Mark’s
account, they show themselves to be unbelievers until the very end of
the Gospel, guardians of their own security and status more than any
message of resurrection. Read the closing chapter of Mark (16 [3]), which is
really rather disappointing.


Adapted from The Four Gospels (CD, MP3)

... love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
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