Archive | October, 2016

It’s great being old

6 Oct

I say this a lot.  I really like being old.  I know what clothing works and what does not.  I know what I am willing to put up with and what I am not.  I know I can learn things, and do things, and enduring things.  It is great being old.

I think one of the nicest parts is being comfortable in my own skin.  If you don’t like me, that’s cool; I hope I don’t hurt you.  If you do like me, then it is probably more about your caring, generous spirit than about me.  I don’t want to hurt people, but I don’t need to please people.  It is great being old.

I think that Jesus had this wonder balance of life (that has taken me a while to learn) all of his life.  When he got to a new town he meet to the ‘church meeting’, because he always went to the meeting where people were trying to follow the way of God.  It was the center, the anchor, the way of his life.  And he was fully present with God and with the people and it blew the gathering of the faithful away.

Of course, Jesus could recognize a demon when he saw one, and he calls it as he sees it.  I like that in the world of the Bible Jesus could cast out the demon without the person.  I wish we could do that in our faith communities today.  But I guess they are too closely connected.

21-22 Then they entered Capernaum. When the Sabbath arrived, Jesus lost no time in getting to the meeting place. He spent the day there teaching. They were surprised at his teaching—so forthright, so confident—not quibbling and quoting like the religion scholars.

23-24 Suddenly, while still in the meeting place, he was interrupted by a man who was deeply disturbed and yelling out, “What business do you have here with us, Jesus? Nazarene! I know what you’re up to! You’re the Holy One of God, and you’ve come to destroy us!”

25-26 Jesus shut him up: “Quiet! Get out of him!” The afflicting spirit threw the man into spasms, protesting loudly—and got out.

27-28 Everyone there was incredulous, buzzing with curiosity. “What’s going on here? A new teaching that does what it says? He shuts up defiling, demonic spirits and sends them packing!” News of this traveled fast and was soon all over Galilee.

I know one of the common wisdoms of our age is, “You have to grow old, but you don’t have to grow up.”  I would strongly encourage growing up.  Better yet, grow up in God; grow into the likeness of Jesus; grow in your journey of faith as you are fully present to God and fully present to people.  It is a heck of a ride!

 

Blessings and peace,

Mary

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