What I see now is that before she was surviving. She wouldn’t be at the well at noon if she wasn’t. Jesus was surviving too, running, against threats that were increasing. And Jesus had found life, his vocation, and the woman wanted life, a vocation. She had nothing more to lose and in that she found her voice, her truth-telling voice, and through that she met her match in Jesus. She made it clear that she knew what she was talking about, despite what everyone else said about her, she was smart and she was going to claim it, and she knew in her survival that she was destined for more, for life itself, and so she took this amorphous living water, this water that gave her purpose, that gave her vocation, and survival brought her to life.Read More
In short, Mary is a badass.
And she is asking us to be as well. Especially for those of us who question our ability to have much to give, especially for those of us who question ourselves and our value and our expertise. God worked with Mary: a poor, unwed mother to birth what the people had been waiting for for generations.Read More
You see, God accompanied you in your situation and gave you your story. God accompanied Hannah through her situation and gave her her story. She articulated in such a clear and brilliant way the isolation that comes from unjust systems, the shame that weighs on our shoulders that doesn’t belong to us, the loneliness that is the result and she said “Enough.”Read More
He had the guts to use his voice and speak this answer: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul, love your neighbor as yourself.
This time, at the end of this story, no one asked him a question again.
Love. Everyone. Even when they are trying to trick you into death. That’s the punchline.Read More