Thursday, 4 April 2013

Provocations not of Kiergekaard

We've just begun a new month, the first month of the second quarter of this year. During this quarter, we'll be working on an experiment meant to push us towards a deeper understanding of God's love for us and the love and service we are called to show to others. We won't go too far into the details of this project, though we're sure they'll come up later, but suffice to say it'll be a challenge for the both of us.

As we embark on this adventure, which will be at least the next three months, there are a couple of questions that are pressing on our minds:

What does Jesus mean when He says "Who is my mother and my brothers?" (Matthew 12:46-50)

Nuns consider themselves to be married, exclusively, to Christ and make a vow of lifetime celibacy. (The Bible teaches that the Church is the bride of Christ, we are all married to Christ.)What does it mean for them to be married to Christ at the expense of human marriage? 

What do the New Monastics (vis-a-vis Shane Claiborne) have to say about the relationships between poverty, alms, celibacy and other aspects of asceticism within the Christian tradition?

And finally:
What does love mean (setting a basis for how we define and move forward in our lives/mission) and how can we embody it?

This last question is the crux of what we our doing in our three month experiment. Without love, we've missed the point of what Christ calls us to do.

As we struggle through these questions and others during our three months, we invite to comment, email, or otherwise give us feedback, suggestions, or scathing criticisms of the mess we will make as we journey.

May the peace of Christ be with you.

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