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Mother Church – How wide are our arms stretching, really? Who can’t seem to fit in these arms of ours? Who don’t we want to fit? It’s a question we have to continually return to, because we are not called to be a mother who embraces only our own, but a mother who embraces the whole world.
The female disciples bore witness; they showed it to be true, that Jesus’ aliveness existed. And they were compelling enough that people eventually listened, whether to them or to the male disciples. And the stories of others who bore witness to the Risen Christ only grew in number, as they witnessed him in person, until a new movement was born, one that almost every one of the disciples would eventually die for.
Can you smell it? Breathe in deep, can you feel the warmth in your lungs? Exhale. Breathe in deep, the prick in your nose, the water gathering in your eyes. Can you smell it?
When we take our seat at this table we are required to let go of the stones of expectation that we carry. That is the cost of being at this feast. In exchange for our seat, we take on the expectations of the Holy One.
“The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (Rom 10:8).
This is the good news. You don’t have to search far and wide, high and low, near and far for God, as if by knowing enough, or achieving enough, or helping enough, or building up enough virtue and goodness you could find God. You are already enough.”
Rev. Brent Newberry