Posts Tagged ‘reversal’

Friday, July 31, 2020

God-purpose-revival[1]Isaiah 57:15


For thus says he who is high and exalted, living eternally, whose name is the Holy One: On high I dwell, and in holiness, and with the crushed and dejected in spirit, to revive the spirits of the dejected, to revive the hearts of the crushed. 

We are accustomed to thinking of the high and exalted as above all who are weary and disheartened from the stress of their labor.  We usually think of rulers as those who set themselves apart from the common masses.  Our societies today reflect this thinking. Isaiah conveys comforting words from the One who is Lord of all to those who are afflicted.

God says: Isaiah tells you that I live on high and this is true; yet I dwell with you.  I raise you up to live in me.  Isaiah also tells you that I live with you who are crushed and weary; and this is also true.  My favorite dwelling is with those who have no hope.  Do you see the inversion that I bring to you?  I live with those who are rejected and lowly, and raise them up.  I revive those who have a darkened spirit.  I live through those with a tired heart. My shoulders are broad and my spirit willing; my heart encompasses the universe; I am eternal.  And it is to this eternity, this holiness, this revival that I carry you.  Allow me to heal all that weighs you down.

This is no false promise.  God always reverses what we humans see as the natural order and God wants to transform weary hearts into hearts afire with eternal love.

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Friday, June 19, 2020

955165_60482143-610x250[1]2 Corinthians 6:1-10

An Acceptable Time

“A series of seven rhetorically effective antitheses, contrasting negative external impressions with positive inner reality. Paul perceives his existence as a reflection of Jesus’ own and affirms an inner reversal that escapes outward observation.  The final two members illustrate two distinct kinds of paradox or apparent contradiction that are characteristic of apostolic experience”.  (Senior cf. 283)

We are treated as deceivers and yet are truthful . . . and so as disciples of Christ we must become accustomed to the world’s unbelief.

As unrecognized and yet acknowledged . . . and so as followers of Christ we must become comfortable with rejection.

As dying and behold we live . . . and so as members of the remnant we find that dying so that we might live a normal daily act.  

As chastised and yet not put to death . . . and so as apostles of the Living God we become accustomed to the scorn of others.

As sorrowful yet always rejoicing . . . and so as sisters and brothers of Christ who take up our cross daily we are assured that our mourning is turned into dancing.

As poor yet enriching many . . . and so as disciples sent into the world in twos we know that we need not take a purse or sandals for the journey.

As having nothing and yet possessing all things . . . and so as children of God we are gladdened by the knowledge that we lack for nothing when we hold only Christ, that we rise in new life when we forfeit the old, and that we are loved beyond imagining by the One who rescues us in an acceptable time.

But as for me, my prayer is to you, O Lord.
    At an acceptable time, O God,
    in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness.  (Psalm 69:13)

For this and for all God’s goodness we give thanks as we sing of God’s loving fidelity, justice and mercy.   Amen.

Senior, Donald, ed. THE CATHOLIC STUDY BIBLE. New York, Oxford University Press, 1990.283. Print.

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Lamentations 1:14-22: The Inverted Kingdom – Part X

Friday, January 20, 2017

Amy Bradley: Out of Darkness Came Light

Amy Bradley: Out of Darkness Came Light

Give Heed

This Favorite was written during Eastertide on May 3, 2011. We post it today as a reflection on Christ’s inverted transformation of the world, as an offering of peace in a time of trouble. 

These are such sad verses; the images of the inconsolable one suffering intensely are so very difficult to sit with.  We want to rush past them as we sometimes rush past those who are in pain or those who bear the visible scars of their suffering.  Yet this is where Christ dwells, with the dispossessed, the broken, and those in the captivity of their addictions.  We want our world to be a beautiful and ordered place.  We want happy endings and bright, new beginnings.  We want perfection and comfort. The odd thing is . . . this is what we have and we look quickly away from it because it comes to us through the cross of pain and suffering.  We do not want to be the least discomfited.  We want all things in neat rows and nice packages.  Life is not as tidy as we wish.   And yet it is . . .

When we allow the pain to convert us, as it will, when we allow God’s hands to heal us, as they will, we see that life is about reversal, inversion, irony and paradox.  What appears to be lost is actually found; what we think has gone yet resides within.

Give heed to my groaning . . . 

Matthew 19:30: Many who are first will be last and many who are last will be first.

There is no one to console me . . .

Psalm 126:5: Those who sow in tears will reap with cries of joy. 

All my enemies rejoice at my misfortune . . .

Psalm 126:6: Those who go forth weeping, carrying sacks of seed, will return with cries of joy, carrying their bundles of sheaves. 

My groans are many, I am sick at heart . . .

We are called today to give heed to the message of lamentations, to our own cries and to the cries of the bereft.  We are called to take courage in the face of opposition, to the obstacles we put in front of ourselves and to those placed there by others.  We are called to give heed to the sadness we experience ourselves and to the sadness we see in others . . . for all lamentation will be transformed into happiness.  Of this we can be certain, for this is the Easter message delivered by Christ.

Psalm 30:11-12: You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy that my heart may sing to you and not be silent.  O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever.

These are such beautiful verses; the images of a God so loving that all is forgiven, all are blessed. They are so wonderful to sit with.  We want to rush toward them as we rush toward the Living God.

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