We are in Lent

We seek to be a community that not only believes the good news of the Kingdom, but practices the good news of the Kingdom. We are not called to some ethereal “spiritual” life but to life (real joys, real sorrows, real hopes, real friendships, real work, real laughter, a life with flesh on the bones). Believing that Jesus shows us what it means to be fully God but also what it means to be fully human, we seek to follow Jesus’ ways, to allow the Spirit to make us new people who live the hope we profess.

St. Augustine told us that we would become what we worship, and that we worship whatever we love. Love, of course, is not just a jolt of emotion but rather a life set toward the good we believe to be true (the good connected to our deepest and truest desires) even when we don’t feel it at the moment. Our life together seeks to be a long obedience in the same direction, holding one another up, pursuing life with God through every season.

 

You would think that to believe that Jesus is God among us would be the hardest thing. It turns out that the hardest thing is to believe that God’s work –this dazzling creation, this astonishing salvation, this cascade of blessings―is all being worked out in and under the conditions of our humanity: at picnics and around dinner tables, in conversations and while walking along roads, in puzzled questions and homely stories, with blind beggars and suppurating lepers, at weddings and funerals. Everything that Jesus does and says takes place within the limits and conditions of our humanity. No fireworks. No special effects. Yes, there are miracles, plenty of them. But because for the most part they are so much a part of the fabric of everyday life, very few notice. The miraculousness of miracle is obscured by the familiarity of the setting, the ordinariness of the people involved.

~Eugene Peterson