Foolish Fridays 5
In the Brennan Manning text, The Importance of Being Foolish, he begins a number of reflections seeking to discern how to think like Jesus. I will be traveling down this road with this text as my guide, and see what can be discovered. I hope you will enjoy the journey.
Manning opens his second chapter with a provocative reading of the Gospel, “To grasp the truth of the gospel is to fall on our faces in both sorrow and gratitude. To live as Jesus lived is to move off the floor and into the world.” He ends this section with another observation, “Paul was a living witness to a not-uncommon phenomenon of human existence – we come to resemble those we love.”
Have you seen those clips on the news, usually filler on the weekend shows, about dog owners and their dogs and how they resemble each other? Now not to take this metaphor too far as metaphors always will break down when you look deeply, the point I’m taking away is there is no question, for most of us, we love our dogs.
So the question becomes, of course, what happens to us if we love Jesus as much if not more? Would we begin to resemble the life Jesus lived, or more importantly, if we abide in Him, He promised to abide in us (the narrative of the vines and the branches in John 15). If He abides in us, what is blocking Him from being seen in us? Do we become transparent people in such a way that Jesus becomes someone people see in us?
Manning has made his view of the cause of our blindness known already – recall the narrative about Max the alcoholic and his breaking down in the AA rehab group. He goes right to the heart of the issue, “Often our preoccupation with the three most basic human desires – security, pleasure and power – is the cloak that covers transparency.”
The frightening part of all this is that not a lot seems to have changed over the 2,000 years since Christ came to our neighborhood – maybe some rhetorical flourishes and sophistication – but still the heart of the issue is this question. Whose yoke? I believe Manning will begin to look at that in the rest of his book.
What do you think?
Be blessed and be a blessing.