Buzzkill (9.24.2016)

My two-year-old has already decided that anything that can be said in two words should be said in four (he takes after me in that regard).  For instance, instead of settling for either “soon” or “almost,” Ignatius says “almost soon”.  “Almost soon we drive the car.  Almost soon I sit on the potty.  Almost soon I get off Hosanna (his little sister)”.  Despite his bizarre redundancy, it is good that he understands some things are now and some are not yet.  Unlike Iggy’s now or almost soon, we, as Christians live under a now and almost soon mindset.  A disciple, you could say, wears spiritual bifocals, both nearsighted and farsighted; now but not yet.

To see the world this way is not a burden when we are walking in the opening line of today’s Gospel, “While they were all amazed at his every deed.”  When we are honeymooning with God it is not hard for us to say, “God is doing great things now, and has greater things in store.”

The going gets tougher though when we meet the ‘reality check Jesus’.  The Jesus, who said to the disciples, “Pay attention to what I am telling you.  The Son of Man is to be handed over to men” while the disciples were standing in amazement of all he had been doing. What a buzzkill.  With that kind of mood changing statement, are we surprised they didn’t understand him and “were afraid to ask him about this saying”?  I don’t think so.  You can almost imagine one of the other Apostles clamping a hand over Peter’s mouth as he was bout impetuously blurt out a question because they didn’t want to hear more of the ‘depressing stuff.’

However, as we pursue Christ’s called to be peacemakers, we know that an important peacebuilding tool is truth-telling.  We need to hear about injustice and our contributions to it, about division, strife, poverty, unbelief, etc.  We need the reality check Jesus to help us have peace and be peacemakers.

In what part of your life do you need to hear truth-telling?
What plugs your ears from hearing the Truth?
Where do you need to encounter ‘Reality Check Jesus’ today?

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