|At La Vida Education in San Juan de Oriente, Nicaragua|
Magi from the east declare, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”
“When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.” (Matthew 2)
Why was Jerusalem disturbed? What had they to lose?
Herod feared for his throne. But the people? Why weren’t they celebrating the arrival of the Deliverer long-awaited, the Savior promised by prophets? Why were they troubled?
Because they had grown comfortable. And they feared the disturbance of their comfort.
John Chrysostom (4th Century) wrote this:
Although troubled, they nevertheless did not try to understand what was happening. They did not follow the wise men or even take any particular notice. To this extent were they both contentious and careless.
Contentious and careless.
They chose annoyance over adoration. Disdain over devotion.
Don’t disrupt the status quo, Jesus. We like it as it is. We prefer bondage to a police state which tells us what to think/buy/feel. Don’t mess with our comfort, Jesus.
Worship is too high a price to pay for freedom.
You might die on a Tuesday
Under August’s sun
At summer’s blurry end.
Marching time would kick-up the dust and
We’d remember it was warm
That day when the phone rang –
Sweaty hands –
Light on the floor beneath our feet.
We’d forget the day like words that
Sting then fly away.
Or, you could die on Thanksgiving Morning
Your place already set
At the table near rolls still rising.
Everyone gathered for the feast to come
With grateful hearts
Plates high with hope
We’d cheer for Resurrection
Savor life more slowly this time
Listen to the children playing castles of deliverance
Brides pursued and rescued home and welcomed to the banquet.
9/15/1922 – 11/24/2011