When you hear of wars and rumors of wars,
do not be alarmed....
The good news must first be proclaimed to all nations....
You will stand before governors and kings because of me,
as a testimony to them.
The Holy Spirit will speak through you.....
—from Mark 13.7-13
Jesus describes the birth pangs:
a new world is being born out of this one.
But then he goes on to say:
You are the midwife of the world being born.
You are the mother giving birth.
You are the new birth.
In this world of hate and greed and fear
you are the Resistance.
You are a revolutionary,
not by heroic acts of destruction or rebellion
but by acts of grace and mercy.
It is love that subverts the world.
Every moment of beauty or generosity
undermines the foundation of this world
of consumption and conflict.
Every act of gentleness and forgiveness
tears down the walls of the Empire,
not one stone left on another.
The Spirit overthrows the world
Resist the empire of violence
with acts of love.
Even the smallest ones are powerful.
Not merely lovely, the widow's mite
—November 16, 2018