Faith does not find resolution by putting Jesus’ or God’s back to the wall, and demanding an answer once and for all about whether we’ve all just been kidding ourselves with all this God talk. No, faith for us like faith for the Baptizer comes in having our ultimatums to the Holy turned into searchings for the Holy. Jesus bids us to discern in the sights and sounds of creation, in the experience of community, whether this God business is real or just pious blustering. What do we see and hear?
—John Indermark, Gospeled Lives: Encounters with Jesus, A Lenten Study (Upper Room Books, 2008)
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When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them.
—Matthew 11:2-5 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Holy One, challenge me today to see the world as you see it. Challenge me to seek your way and to not settle for what might be the norm.
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