A Seat at the Table

This past Sunday we wrapped up our series on Justice looking at Luke’s account of the last supper and the conversations that followed. The disciples, who during the meal received some shocking news from Jesus himself (that their traditional Shabbat meal was in fact symbolizing the Messiah who was in their midst), remained confused or at least a little misguided. Asking the politically motivated question ‘Who will be the greatest?”, Jesus adjusts the trajectory of their motives and explains that the greatest will be the least – the one who serves. What a great reminder for our new community as we endeavor administer Justice as we live lives for God’s glory and for the benefit of others. May we invite others to the table (our community, God’s kingdom) and never forget our roles in working with God for the redemption of humanity.

Some notable quotes…

“Drinking our cup involves carefully choosing those actions which lead us closer to completely emptying of it, so that at the end of our lives we can say with Jesus: “It is fulfilled” (John 19:30). That indeed, is the paradox: We fulfill life by emptying it. In Jesus’ own words: “Anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:39) (Nouwen)

[May we move towards] “a full-blown biblical theology that affirms both personal and social sin, both personal conversion and structural change, both evangelism and social action, both personal and social salvation, both Jesus as moral example and Jesus as vicarious substitute, both orthodox theology and ethical obedience.” (Ron Sider, ‘Good News and Good Works)

“If God has made your cup sweet, drink it with grace; or even if he has made it bitter, drink it in communion with Him.” (Oswald Chambers)

“Salvation is not only a goal for the afterlife. Salvation is the reality of everyday that we can taste here and now.” (Nouwen)