Gleanings: Authenticity and Crucifixion

We hear a lot today about “being authentic,” and it’s an important subject.  Richard Rohr recently spoke of it in a way we cannot ignore…

The theme of suffering recurs constantly within Mark, as if the entire gospel is an extended introduction to the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Mark is telling us that this is how a life of truth and faith culminates in this world. You’re going to get nailed for it because it’s not what the world wants, and not what the world understands. This life of authenticity leads to crucifixion. The author constantly brings us back to the experience of suffering and death. There’s no other way we’re going to break through to the ultimate reality that we call resurrection without going through the mystery of transformation that is the cross.   (The Four Gospels, CD)

About jstevenharper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 31 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church
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