CROSSED // LENT D::39
[ READING :: Romans 12 ]
“offer you entire lives as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God...”
When this self-offering occurs, the results are nonconformity to this age—what Paul elsewhere calls “death” or “crucifixion” to the world—and transformation of the mind—what he elsewhere calls having the mind of Christ (Phil. 2:5; 1 Cor. 2:16), that is, conformity to Christ crucified. This transformation of the mind is the fruit only of a stance toward God that welcomes the divine power of the cross to effect change.
—From Cruciformity: Paul’s Narrative Spirituality of the Cross by Michael Gorman
Meditation #2 ::.
To live is to love. To love is to lose. But to lose is to live. If we lose one part of our life, we become open to another part. If we love having young children at home, when they grow up and leave home the empty space created by their leaving opens the door to love something else — like the freedom to travel or to visit with adults without interruption. When something disappears, it opens the space for something else.
Loss opens new space with regard to faith as well. When the way we understood God as a child no longer helps us navigate the swirling waters of adult life, we sometimes give up faith all together. For those who continue to immerse themselves in the stories and rituals of faith, new insights into the character of the Divine can emerge.
—From Lose, Love, Live by Dan Moseley
? Have you embraced the offering that you were created to be ?