Jesus was moving in more than one way. Most would first agree, as I would, that he was moving in an emotional/spiritual sense. He moved people away from their normal expectations, and caused people to see either great hope or see a great threat, depending on their point of view.
Here, I wish to focus on much of the daily Mass gospel readings from Luke this month, which has Jesus increasingly moving, and probably deliberately so, into risky territory. He is on His way toward Jerusalem for the last time, and increasingly gets into confrontations with Jewish leaders, including outright insulting them. He was also increasingly focused on teaching His disciples, and making clear, if not blunt statements, to the crowd following along or seeking Him out.
One example is from the October 12th gospel reading from Luke 11:27-28: It happened that as he was speaking, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said, 'Blessed the womb that bore you and the breasts that fed you!' But he replied, 'More blessed still are those who hear the word of God and keep it!'
This reading while very short, is powerful in its implication for personal as well as community faith/worship. Our faith is not about Jesus hero worship, nor Mary worship, much less blind allegiance to mere doctrine or dogmas of the Church. Rather, IT IS about applying and keeping the mission and ministry of Jesus alive in real time, with real issues, with honesty and sincerity. In other words, to move into risky territory at times; actually walking the talk.
So I leave you with a couple questions:
How much do you see your Christian life as going through the motions and for mere show?
How would you characterize this critique as well to the local church you attend?
Hopefully the mission, the message, indeed the reality of Jesus, moves you toward action, to walk the good talk, grounded in our study and piety. I look forward to seeing many of you at the 4th day encounter on October 26.
Dn Mick Humbert