When you hear of wars and rumors of wars,
do not be alarmed….
The good news must first be proclaimed to all nations….
You will stand before governors and kings because of me,
as a testimony to them.
The Holy Spirit will speak through you…..
—from Mark 13.7-13
The lectionary for Sunday quits before the hard part.
Jesus describes the birth pangs:
a new world is being born out of this one.
But then he goes on to say:
You are the midwife of the world being born.
You are the mother giving birth.
You are the new birth.
In this world of hate and greed and fear
you are the Resistance.
You are a revolutionary,
not by heroic acts of destruction or rebellion
but by acts of grace and mercy.
It is love that subverts the world.
Every moment of beauty or generosity
undermines the foundation of this world
of consumption and conflict.
Every act of gentleness and forgiveness
tears down the walls of the Empire,
not one stone left on another.
The Spirit overthrows the world
Resist the empire of violence
with acts of love.
Even the smallest ones are powerful.
Not merely lovely, the widow’s mite
this is not your momma’s beatnik
this is not your dad’s beret
this is not your sisters pothead
not your brothers crazy wife
this is not the inquisition
this is not the third degree
this is not just sit and listen
this is not another way
this is not your bad boy rocker
this is not green eggs and ham
this is not your high school locker
not a cry to ‘give a damn’
this is life in all its glory
this is life to have to hold
this is life step up and claim it
this is life speak up be bold
this is time to tell your story
this is how it’s said and done
this is time to stand and tell it
this is how your battle’s won