a word from Oscar Romero

[this is today’s reading from the Prayer Book – thinking and praying for the Middle East today, this seems quite relevant]

Historical moments will change,
but God’s design will ever be the same:
to save human beings in history.
Therefore, the church,
Entrusted with carrying out God’s design,
Cannot be identified with any historical design.
The church could not be the ally of the Roman Empire
Or of Herod
Or of any king on earth
Or of any political strategy.
It will enlighten them all
But it will always remain authentically
The one that proclaims salvation history,
God’s design.

– Oscar Romero, December 9th, 1979

A reading from the section on Intimacy with God

“Just a glimpse, Moses: a cliff in the rock here, a mountaintop there, and the rest is denial and longing. You have to stalk everything. Everything scatters and gathers; everything comes and goes like fish under a bridge. You have to stalk the spirit, too…I sit on a bridge as on Pisgah or Sinai, and I am both waiting becalmed in in a cliff of the rock and banging with all my will, calling like a child beating at the door: Come on out!… I know you’re there.”

– Annie Dillard, from Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Walter Wink on intercession

“History belongs to intercessors who believe the future into being. This is not simply a religious statement. It is also true of Communists or capitalists or anarchists. The future belongs to whoever can envision a new and desirable possibility, which faith then fixes upon as inevitable. This is the politics of hope. Hope envisages its future and then acts as if that future is now irresistible, thus helping to create the reality for which it longs. The future is not closed.”

– Walter Wink, Engaging the Powers

More on the everyday

Richard Rollheiser shares this insight about the everyday nature of prayer:

“Eating has a natural rhythm: banquets and quick snacks, rich meals and
simple sandwiches, high times with linen serviettes and low times with paper
napkins, meals which take a whole evening and meals which you eat on the
run. And the two depend upon each other: You can only have high season if
you mostly have ordinary time; prayer is the same.”

The everyday

Welcome to those newly following this site. One of the first sections of readings in our prayer book is on “the everyday.” Here is a thought from one of the authors most influential in shaping our life together at SSU:

“If we are to remain faithful to the daily round,
we need daily manna. It may be ordinary, a bit
tasteless. But it is the manna of fidelity to the
covenant, to responsibility, to the small things
of everyday life. It is the manna of meetings, of
friendship, of looks and smiles that say ‘I love you’
that warm the heart.”

– Jean Vanier – Community and Growth