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Author Topic: Rohr Oct 23, 2013 -- Third Time Should Be a Charm!  (Read 1550 times)
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« on: October 23, 2013, 06:51:18 AM »

Oct 23, 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).

Third Time Should Be a Charm!
Meditation 35 of 51

After their first opposition to the message (Mark 8:31-38 [1]), Jesus talks
about necessary suffering again (Mark 9:30-37 [2]). He tells them that
“The Human One” must be delivered into the hands of the people. They
will put him to death and three days later he will be raised up. But the
disciples do not understand what he says, and this time they are afraid
to ask him. Maybe they don’t want to get bawled out a second time. And
yet, they mutter amongst themselves about who is the greatest. It feels
like a cartoon.


So Jesus sits down. He calls them to him. You can just feel his
exasperation. He says, “Now listen, if anyone wants to be first,
he’s got to make himself last of all and servant of all” (Mark
9:35 [3]). He takes a little child in his arms and says, “Anyone who
welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me” (9:37 [4]).
He's turning the social order upside down. But they still miss the
message! So Jesus speaks of necessary suffering a third time (10:32f [5]).
It is hard to believe, but the disciples respond by asking “to be
seated at Jesus’ right and left hand when he comes in glory”
(10:35-37 [6])! It is as if they are on another planet. And these are the
famous twelve apostles who founded our faith?


It would be laughable, if it were not so tragic, and if it had not
become a prediction of so much of church leadership down to our own
time. In Mark’s Gospel, and you can check it out for yourself, the
blind man Bartimaeus (10:46-52 [7]), the pagan Roman centurion (15:37-39 [8]), and the
sinner Mary Magdalene (16:9-13 [9]) are the only named believers. Again, I
must say it: There is a message here!


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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