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Reimagining

posted Mar 16, 2017, 2:52 PM by John Garland

Alas, wouldn't it be great if Jesus were on TED talks? Wouldn't it be great to get that holy injection of inspiring adrenaline and insight each morning. Rather than understanding, God offers peace that passes understanding. Rather than inspiration, God offers a different way of seeing everything.

Richard Rohr wrote this for the Huffington Post a few years ago.

"Did you ever notice that Jesus does not tend to give what we would call “inspiring” or “motivational” talks? He is not a football coach, nor does he try to engage your will power as such. Your common Christian sense would deny this until you actually study his recorded Gospel messages, and see that it is factually true! Jesus is much more concerned about shaking your foundations, giving you an utterly alternative self image, world image, and God image, and thus reframing your entire reality. Mere inspiration can never do this.

If you depend on being emotionally inspired or newly motivated, you will need a new fix almost every day. If it is a true Gospel message, it will be more about regrounding, reshaping and redirecting you from your core. Thus the quintessential Lenten reading is Jesus’ first public proclamation that we know of. In some ways, it summarizes everything he says: “Now is the time, God’s reign is present, change your life, and believe some very good news” (Mark 1:15, my translation)."

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