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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Author and Theologian N.T. Wright Speaks to the Challenge of Being in Human Community



Thus from the most intimate relationship (marriage) to those on the largest scale (national institutions) we find the same thing: we all know we are made to live together, but we all find that doing so is more difficult than we had imagined. And it is within these settings, large and small, but particularly at the most personal and intimate end of the scale, that we find the natural setting of those characteristic signs of human life: laughter and tears. We find each other funny. We find each other tragic. We find ourselves, and our relationships, funny and tragic. This is who we are. We can't avoid being this way, and we don't want to, even though things often don't work out the way we want. 

~N.T. Wright
Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense

I found this a powerful message while currently experiencing challenging times in one of the communities I love. It's worth remembering ours are flawed communities where things don't always go our way, but it is better to struggle with them than to try to run off and try to live without them (with the exception of truly abusive communities you might find yourself mired in). We were made for life together. Best to acknowledge our limitations, our weaknesses, our flaws and work together for something better. 

I add to this Jesus' prayer from the Revised Common Lectionary for today: John 17:20: 20”I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, 21that they may all be one." Now there's something to aspire towards.  


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