All Souls Phoenix
 

WHILE ENEMIES, GOD CAME IN CHRIST AS A FRIEND. WE CONFESS OUR HATE THAT WE MAY TREAT OUR ENEMIES AS FRIENDS.

 
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God's confession is Jesus.
God's calling is Christ.

THE WORD MADE FLESH

We do not confess our weakness and fault merely as an act of piety, but we do so following the example of God himself.  By becoming wounded like us, God became a human confession of need and dependence. Jesus is God made weak, God made human, to live a life of deep vulnerability. 
But God also became Christ, the one called to live, die, and rise again for the sake of all humanity, to give us a new way of life, that will not abide injustice nor suffer death in vain.  
Therefore it is the vulnerability of God in Christ that turns enemies into friends, and heals the deepest wounds.

HIS DEATH IS OUR DEATH, HIS LIFE IS OUR LIFE

It is from God's confession to be wounded with us, that we are free to confess our wounds to one another.  And it is from God's calling to heal our wounds that we live into our calling to come alongside those in need of friendship and advocacy. 
In other words, his death has become our death, and his life has become our life. His confession has become our confession, and his calling has become our calling.
Our lives of vulnerable service is the very kingdom of God in conflict with the powers that erode and oppress our world.

A NEW LIFE, FOR THE SAKE OF THE WORLD

As the Spirit of God fills us with his crucified and risen life, we are daily called and recreated as a new humanity, God's humanity in Jesus.  But the mystery of divine life happens in our deepest suffering, in our greatest celebrations, and with every mundane moment in between. 
The Spirit of God is already bearing fruit. The kingdom of God is already come.  We are now free to live this new kind of life, with eyes of faith, hands of love, and voices for justice.

 
 

In the Scriptures, the least, the last, and the lost
are the face of God himself.

KIT DANLEY  | NEIGHBOR'S TABLE

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