Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Oh, you're IN it, don't worry

From a perceptive student:

"I was in ... Michigan for a funeral last week-end.  Two Churches were on the same block.  One had a sign that read, “Be IN the Jesus Movement.”  The other one read, “Christ calls us to be holy.”  Of course, the latter was the Catholic Church."

This alludes to some of the insights behind the genesis of Spiritual Diabetes.  To make a long story short, there's more to the Christian life than merely our immediate emotional and spiritual satisfaction.  It's tempting, of course, to play along;  hey, I have teenagers at home.  I get it.  The fun, the active, the liveliness--how can it not be the Real?  Well, because that's not what Scripture and the Church indicate God wants from us.  Hence the emphasis on holiness--which could take us far away from our emotional and spiritual happy places.  After all, St. Matthew (16:24) and St. Luke (7:23) both tell of Jesus' stark challenge:  "If any of you want to be my follower, pick up your cross and follow me."

But that's probably not being IN the Jesus Movement nor the Jesus Moment that the Michigan sign had in mind, is it?

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