A Gospel Stance
We come to the last service of the church year and we see Jesus facing Pilate, the man who will order his death by crucifixion. Even if Jesus was not all knowing, he would have known this. This face-to-face between Jesus and Pontius Pilate, that stand-in for Roman imperial authority in the Gospel of John invites us into a central question of our own life of faith. “My kingdom is not from this world,” Jesus tells Pilate. “World,” translated from the Greek Kosmos, here means SYSTEM. “my kingdom (Basileia — reign) is not from this SYSTEM. ...
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1 Sam. 17:1a, 4-11, 32-49; Ps. 9:9-20; 2 Cor. 6:1-13; Mark 4:35-41
One of the many things about St. Barnabas’ that I am grateful for is our diversity of viewpoints. I
have found that time and time again it pushes me to avoid hot rhetoric, to go deeper, to find a
place of greater understanding, reconciliation, healing and hope, to speak into the spaces that divide.
It also can also cause us though to be fearful of saying anything controversial, which is I
think a lingering fear of creating divisiveness within a community that has worked hard to heal
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