By Leif Kehrwald
(see slides above)
(Leif) The God of Mercy be with you . . .
[Lector] A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew.
When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain,
and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him.
(Leif) What does Jesus see when he sees the crowds? The eye of the soul sees people in relationship to God, in communion with creation, and in connection with each other.
. . . Jesus, as you take the sitting posture of a teacher, we hang on your every word.
by Leif Kehrwald
When my two sons were pre-schoolers they became afflicted with the condition that I later termed “Passive Irresponsibility.” They continually put action and responsibility in things that could not possibly take action or responsibility. A few examples:
Luke: “When will that dime that fell down my throat come out?”
Nicolo: “Dad, my underpants got peed on.”
Luke: “I was just sitting here.”
. . .
I wonder if, for many of us, we don’t get stuck on the passive side with respect to faith and religious practice.