Zephaniah 3 (14-20)
Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1, Luke 3:3-6
“Wherever the material and the spiritual coincided, there is the Christ. Jesus fully accepted that human-divine identity and walked it into history. Henceforth, the Christ “comes again” whenever we are able to see the spiritual and the material co-existing, in any moment, in any event, and in any person.” - Richard Rohr
This text is important for understanding the relationship that the Creator seeks with creative and skilled people. The Lord created a beautiful and good world. God called people, gifted them, and filled them with the Spirit to participate in bringing beauty into the world as God continues to do in every generation. -James Bruckner
Desiring the Kingdom by James KA Smith
Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster
Messenger, a poem by Mary Oliver
Mark 11:12-14; 20-24
Beauty and Ecclesiology
Books to check out:
Grounded by Diana Butler Bass
Selected Writings on the Earth Community by Thomas Berry
Woman Who Glows in the Dark by Elena Avila
Joshua 1, Acts 13:16-23, Ephesians 1:11-12
Exiles: Living Missionally in a Post-Christian Culture by Michael Frost
In the Company of the Poor by Gutierrez and Farmer
Trinity's upcoming series on Beauty
Exodus 16 & 20
Questions for reflection:
1. What are you/we/others trying to escape? The Israelites are running from the bondage of Egypt, is there something that is keeping you from your own freedom?
2. What is getting in the way? The risks the Israelites faced were real and dangerous and caused great fear. What are the risks you face as you seek liberation and what emotions do they bring about for you?
3. What are you going to do, this week, to work towards trusting God's plan for your liberation?