Jesus Evasion

From Fr. Richard Rohr’s e-mail meditation today:

How is it that after two thousand years of meditation on Jesus, we’ve managed so effectively to avoid most of what he taught so unequivocally?  This is true of all the churches.  The most we could usually do is emphasize one or the other part of his teaching, and still call ourselves orthodox or “Bible based”.

All of us, for example, have evaded most of the Sermon on the Mount.
All of us have evaded the unmistakable teaching of Jesus on a simple life-style, non-status-seeking, non-greed.
All of us have evaded Jesus’ teaching on non-violence (except for the Amish, the Quakers, and the Mennonites).
All of us have evaded his straightforward teaching on loving our enemy.

Jesus is just too much for all of us!

— Adapted from Simplicity, pp. 161 – 162

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by miller on January 20, 2010 at 4:49 am

    dude,

    can you send me your copy when you’re done???

    🙂

    i gotta find that book!

    it’s funny, we just took a look at the beatitudes in Luke tonight with the kids… pretty amazing insights even after having read it so many times.

    peace

    Reply

  2. Posted by miller on January 20, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    where did you find his email updates???

    Reply

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