Is this thing on?
Yeah. I thought so.
Here it is Advent again. I find myself struggling for inspiration as I
consider the second Sunday.
Oh! Yes.... yes.
The inspiration came as I was writing that first bit. Let's try this:
Occupy us, O God, that we may know P E A C E.
I guess I'll be offending the conservatives again.
Nevermind that. Jesus never seemed to.
The thing that is so difficult about this idea is that I am not a total "occupy head" -- though I believe in the values of the movement. Absolutely.
I believe that big business has no business in politics. We have so sold our souls that even the temple of democracy has been desecrated by big business money changers. Money does not make democracy, though the greedy are certainly willing to buy influence, and the corrupt are absolutely willing to be bought.
The Prince of Peace invites us into world in which the first is last and the last is first.
The Prince of Peace tells us to feed the hungry, heal the sick, clothe the naked, visit the prisoner....
The Prince of Peace tells us to bind up the brokenhearted.
The Prince of Peace says that the biggest sacrifices are the best.
The Prince of Peace tells us to take nothing for the journey, no staff, no bag, no extra cloak......
The Prince of Peace uses his anger as a sword to separate right from wrong.
The Prince of Peace was unwelcome in his homeland.....
Occupy us, O God. Occupy us so that we may become the kind of peace that will change the world, the kind of peace that has justice and mercy and love all intertwined in its messy, complex beauty. Occupy us that we may Occupy the world in this moment with our simple, empire shattering, faithful demands.
Occupy us, O God.