In the third millennium since Jesus of Nazareth was born into history and then died, what meaning does Christ still have for our lives?
Although we are not the Son of God, we are “little words” of God, finite expressions of the infinite love of the Father expressed in the Son. (Ilia Delio, Christ in Evolution p.92)
Little Words is about humility (poverty =humility)
Omega = Tau
Francis’ recognition that a life rejecting idolatry is the Gospel life Mark 10:17-31
As little words, we are each part of the Great Story that is being written in God’s Book of Creation. John’s Gospel tells us that Christ is the beginning of that book and Jesus affirms that he is also the end of that book. What lies in between is what the Spanish Roman Catholic priest and theologian Raimon Panikkar called “Christophany” According to Panikkar, Christophany is the manifestation of the mysterious union of the divine, human, and cosmic “dimensions” of reality. This blog itself, is a humble exploration of that union.
Beyond the quaint psychosis and imperial moralism of many so called “Christian blogs,” little words finds purpose in a sober exposition of the sins of idolatry and social inequality that have become embedded in mythos at the heart of Christian institutions and Christian belief systems. The place of Christ in the third millennium transcends the tribal confines of historical Christianity while still including the many spiritual breakthroughs that have incubated in the heart of Christian wisdom traditions. Christ is alive in our here and now.
As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up, knelt down before him, and asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”18Jesus answered him, “Why do you call me good?* No one is good but God alone.19You know the commandments: ‘You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; you shall not defraud; honor your father and your mother.’”j20He replied and said to him, “Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth.”21Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him, “You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have, and give to [the] poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”22At that statement his face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.
23* Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!”k24The disciples were amazed at his words. So Jesus again said to them in reply, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!25It is easier for a camel to pass through [the] eye of [a] needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”26They were exceedingly astonished and said among themselves, “Then who can be saved?”27Jesus looked at them and said, “For human beings it is impossible, but not for God. All things are possible for God.”28Peter began to say to him, “We have given up everything and followed you.”29Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for my sake and for the sake of the gospel30who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age: houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and eternal life in the age to come.31But many that are first will be last, and [the] last will be first.