This Jesus moment was like that. Sure, he was known to throw a few tables around when he got mad, but we only see that once in all of scripture. So, why don’t we put that angry, show em’ who’s boss, can’t-control-his-temper-just-like-me Jesus to rest?
They don’t think much of religion or God or the pain of Judgment Day…..Ohhhh, don’t get me started on “God’s gonna-take-you-to-the-woodshed on Judgment Day”!
I offer the words of Pope Francis and excerpts from a statement by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. You may not be Catholic but I believe these words offer something for everyone’s consideration if you believe in the dignity and worth of every human being
Is it reasonable to assume that those who have left the church have done so because it leaves them empty of purpose and void of a fulfillment they know intuitively as their deepest longing? I can speak to that question within the context of my own story.
So many of us spend our entire lives dreaming of what's possible, at the same time shaking in fear of what we might become if we let down our guard and welcomed the discovery of some unmet potential that we could never have imagined.
Vulnerability is not a character flaw. It means accepting and loving who we truly are, sins and all. It is birthed in the grace of God, not shame.
One day we will all be called to account for the way we have treated our fellowman. God help us if we don’t get this right.
No matter what I believe, no matter how passionate I am about changing the world;
I am really the only person I have the power to change.
A different Easter
And know this: God is a constant, unfailing certainty beyond every struggle, every perceived failure, and every disappointment.