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« on: November 08, 2013, 05:52:15 AM »

november 8, 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).

Who Ever Told You That You Were Naked?
Meditation 51 of 51

Jesus was consistently and heroically concerned with the healing of
human shame, fear, and guilt, leading to his final and full
identification with all human shame on the cross—so we ourselves could
become, as Paul says, “the very goodness of God” (2 Corinthians
5:21 [1]).


In a way, that is the whole message, starting with Yahweh “sewing
tunics of skin” (Genesis 3:21 [2]) for Adam and Eve, because they felt so
ashamed and inferior. Yahweh had just asked them “Who ever told you
that you were naked?” (3:10 [3]). “I surely didn’t,” he seems to


Today many would say that Christians have become major purveyors of
exclusion, guilt, and shame for too many of its own people, and surely
for the other religions, instead of absorbing shame, healing guilt, and
living in solidarity with human suffering as Jesus did so clearly on the
cross. No wonder so many no longer take us seriously. We are so unlike
Jesus and the God he loved. Jesus was totally inclusive in his entire
public life, and yet we created an exclusionary religion in his name. It
makes no sense.

From the webcast What is the Emerging Church? (CD, DVD, MP3)

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