“God’s love is extravagant and lavish; those that receive it “get in on everything.” God’s love is poured out infinitely and inclusively upon all.” #dailyoffice
“Jesus seems to me to be saying: sure, structure and hierarchy can be useful, but how about we spend our time focusing on loving and serving others instead of arguing over who gets to call the shots.” #dailyoffice
is it possible to seek to advance our political and social goals in a way that does not “interfere with the free exchange of love” and remembers that those we disagree with “have their own history to deal with”? What might this look like in practice? #dailyoffice
“If you’re not welcomed, not listened to, quietly withdraw. Don’t make a scene. Shrug your shoulders and be on your way.” (Mark 6:11, The Message) Is there a way that this could also be applied to our social media interactions?
What stands out to me here is how calm Jesus seems to be, even to the point of being slightly annoyed with his friends for freaking out about the storm. To use psychology terms, he was able to suppress his amygdala anxiety threat response which allowed his prefrontal cortex to stay online and deal with the situation with all his “thinking cylinders” firing.
Many theological stories and images may lead one to think that God is “stingy,” withholding blessings and love on conditions of righteousness, behavioral rectitude, and moral purity, Here, though, Jesus teaches us that the Kingdom is just the opposite.