Thursday, January 26, 2012

Downward Mobility

"For Jesus did not seek out the rich and powerful in order to trickle down his kingdom. Rather, he joined those at the bottom, the outcasts and undesirables, and everyone was attracted to his love for people on the margins. (We know that we all are poor and lonely anyway, don't we?) Then he invited everyone into a journey of downward mobility to become the least. As the old Franciscan slogan goes, "Preach the gospel always. And when necessary, use words." Or as our seventy-year-old revolutionary Catholic nun, Sister Margret puts it, "We are trying to shout the gospel with our lives." Many spiritual seekers have not been able to hear the words of Christians because the lives of Christians have been making so much horrible noise. It can be hard to hear the gentle whisper of the Spirit amid the noise of Christendom."
Shane Claiborne, The Irresistible Revolution: Living as as Ordinary Radical


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