Today’s reading begins on page 59.
Jen addresses some tough topics in this chapter:
Who was Jesus broken and poured out for?
For you (Luke), for many (Matthew & Mark), for the forgiveness of sins (Matthew).
Then, she goes on to talk about how maybe it was easier for Jesus to be broken for those that followed him and loved him – but, what about being broken for Judas?
Now take it to modern day and think about those we are to be broken for: our family (yes, of course), our church community (easy, mostly), the ungrateful people that may turn on us and walk in the other direction (say, what??).
Yes. Broken for all.
I am part of the population that doesn’t understand the cycles of poverty and addiction. And I’m also a part of those that have neglected the oppressed because I have reservations on their discernment.
This part got to me:
We can’t withhold social relief because we’re not convinced it will be perfectly managed. We can’t protect our advantaged perspective onto struggling people and expect results available only to the privileged. Must we be wise? Absolutely. But doing nothing is a blatant sin of omission. Turning a blind eye to the bottom on the grounds of “unworthiness” is the antithesis to Jesus’ entire mission. How dare we? (Interrupted pgs 62-63)
How dare I?
I can’t unlearn what I am reading. I can’t turn my eyes away and ignore what I know God is calling me to pay attention to. Aren’t you glad I brought you along on this journey???? (((hugs)))
That brings me to my very own “tough crowd!”
This study is very different from the last one we did. It is a slower pace. It is on a COMPLETELY different topic. There isn’t near as much chatter here on the blog – not as many people are commenting or speaking up. I’m not sure what you think when I don’t hear from you.
Tell me a few things:
– Are you reading the book? Are you behind on reading and don’t want to comment when you read after the assigned dates? (Note: I don’t get mad when you get behind, I promise!!!)
– Are you liking the topic? Maybe a bit too uncomfortable? Not sure what to think yet? Trying to figure out what God is speaking to you in all of this?
– Do you like the blog or would you rather have a different type of forum? Someone suggested a closed Facebook group – would you comment more there instead of the blog? And it’s totally ok if the blog just isn’t for you – you can say that too!!
– Are you having any problems commenting or reading the blog? Let me know if there are issues or if it is too difficult. Do you like the notifications? If you ever want to be taken off, just respond to the text or email letting me know.
– Do you just want to read and me leave you be??? 😉
I do want you to enjoy this study and our little online community. I want you to feel the support of those that are also reading and learning alongside you. I also covet your feedback and suggestions on making it better!
Today is #1wordwednesday – and my word is PARTICIPATE.
I want to participate in humanity. I want to participate in living each day to the fullest. I want to participate in the ordinary moments. I would love for you to participate with me!
Leave a comment, share your #1wordwednesday word for the day, or simply email me with feedback or suggestions on how to improve our study! Hope to hear back from you lovelies soon!
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