What are we celebrating? Why is everything still so messed up? Is there any hope?
The King doesn’t demand our subservience. With arms outstretched, He offers us an invitation. And He begs us to accept.
And so Mary’s Assumption is a big deal for us because Mary’s Assumption is the sign for us of what is to come! We are destined to share in heavenly glory. And not just as some spirit sitting on a cloud, not just praying, playing a little harp, no! We are destined to share body and soul in heavenly glory. As the people who allow the Kingdom to break into this world through us, there is a great promise in store.
We can easily reduce the Eucharist to the magic vitamin that gives us strength to live a Christian life. But maybe that’s not what it primarily is.
The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity isn’t one that we are supposed to solve, it is one that we are meant to live.
Pentecost isn’t about the pyrotechnics. There is something greater afoot. A mission is laid before us.
The day of the resurrection is simply a fact charged with a proposal.
The spring of living water continues to flow. It has never ceased.
If we really pay attention to our experience, we can recognize and feel in a very tangible way, our need for someone to bring peace, to bring shalom, to make us complete and restore us, to reconcile us to one another and to everything around us (to all of creation), to heal these broken relationships, and yes, even to undo the effects of violence and reverse death itself.
Our mission is fidelity to the King and the announcement of his kingship. This fidelity and announcement have power. When one lives under the power of this kingship and kingdom, it is accompanied by signs, signs of merciful love: the hungry are fed, the thirsty have drink, the strangers are welcomed, the naked are clothed, the sick and prisoners are visited. The kingdom is breaking in, and these are the signs that it is present.