Because I Follow Jesus, I loveyou.I move toward “the other.”I break down walls of hostility.i stand with you in solidarity. strong-you are made in God’s image.i am your servant. benevolentI practice human-kindness.
Four Challenges 1. Historical 2. Doctrinal 4. Missional
All things bright and beautiful,All creatures great and small,All things wise and wonderful:The Lord God made them all. - Ms. Cecil Alexander (1848)
Each little flower that opens,/ Each little bird that sings,/He made their glowing colors./ He made their tiny wings.The purple headed mountains,/ The river running by,/ Thesunset and the morning/ That brightens up the sky.The cold wind in the winter,/ The pleasant summer sun,/The ripe fruits in the garden,/ He made them every one.The tall trees in the greenwood,/The meadows where weplay,/ The rushes by the water,/ To gather every day.He gave us eyes to see them,/ And lips that we might tell/How great is God Almighty,/ Who has made all thingswell. All things bright and beautiful,/ All creatures great and small,/ All things wise and wonderful:/ The Lord God made them all.
The rich man in his castle,The poor man at his gate,He made them, high or lowly,And ordered their estate. All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small, All things wise and wonderful: The Lord God made them all.
Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as towar,With the cross of Jesus going on before.Christ, the royal master, leads against thefoe;Forward into battle see his banners go! -Sabine Baring-Gould
France, 1847Placide Clappeau, a French wine merchant, mayor of the French town Roquemaure, writes a poem.Adolphe Adam sets it to music.Later the song is translated into English by John S. Dwight –It is said to have been the ﬁrst music ever broadcast over radio.
O holy night, the stars are brightly shining;It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth!Long lay the world in sin and error pining,Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.A thrill of hope, the weary soul rejoices,For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices!O night divine, O night when Christ was born!O night, O holy night, O night divine!
Truly He taught us to love one another;His law is love and His Gospel is peace.Chains shall He break for the slave is our brotherAnd in His Name all oppression shall cease.Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,Let all within us praise His holy Name!Christ is the Lord! O praise His name forever!His pow’r and glory evermore proclaim!His pow’r and glory evermore proclaim! 1847
Altar of Sacriﬁce ... toappease a hostile God? or Table of Fellowship ... to celebrate a reconciling God?
A table of elitism and exclusion ... or a feast of grace and reconciliation?
In John’s gospel:Bread as manna ... God’s self-giving Food, not sacriﬁce
For Paul ...Eucharist as passover ... not day of atonement. Meal of liberation ... Meal of anticipation ...
We don’t need to offer a sacred gift to appease a hostile God ... Rather, a gracious God offers a sacred gift of love to us ... so that we will be reconciled to God and to one another.
Sacriﬁce is transformed in the New Testament ...Living sacriﬁces (Rom 12)Sacriﬁce of praiseSacriﬁce of doing good and sharing (Hebrews)
but what about ... Christ died for our sins ....
Christ died for our sins ....The coach put in Smith for Jones. (substitute)I paid $20 for the book. (exchange) +++++I got a ticket for speeding. (consequence)I took an aspirin for my headache. (cure)
Meal of unity ... Meal of solidarity ... Meal of one-anotherness
how will our liturgies of hostility betransformed ...
into liturgies of harmony? new identity? peace-making?
From Catherine Maresca (Catechesis of the Good Shepherd)Finally, [Maria] Cavalletti emphasizes the importance ofbeing specific. You can’t teach children language withoutteaching children a language. She writes, “Wishing to stayon a vague level without any specific content is the same aswanting a child to talk without using any particularlanguage.” Some parents say they don’t want their childrento learn a particular religion because they want them to befree to choose their own. But these children are missing theopportunity to become spiritually literate.To be initiated into the signs of their religious traditioncreates the possibility of grasping the signs of manytraditions, and of respecting the integrity of each of thosetraditions. So we need to be religious in a particular way,true to the faith we affirm for ourselves, in order to foster thespiritual and religious literacy of our children. world this is aservice to our children. We have to be specific.
While we don’t reject other traditions, a particularreligion has to be our starting point. To say, “I’mspiritual but not religious” is like saying, “I’mlinguistic but don’t speak any particular language.”Everyone has innate linguistic capacity that getsactivated as one learns a particular language orlanguages. Likewise, everyone has spiritual capacitythat gets activated and mobilized through becomingreligious in a particular way. Becoming religious in aparticular way is foundational for relating to thereligious other.
Children who have learned their native language well arepoised to learn new languages with greater ease. Children wholearned the language of their religious tradition are likewisepoised to grasp the sacred signs of another tradition. As wenurture the spiritual life of young children with sacred signs,we simultaneously build the foundation of respect andunderstanding for others’ beliefs. With spiritual literacy, faithand interfaith formation work hand in hand, promoting in turn amore peaceful world. Children, Signs, and Spiritual Literacy: An Interfaith Experience By Catherine Maresca