Reflection 8.15.18

We have gotten so used to the ultimate Christian fact–Jesus naked, stripped, crucified and risen–that we no longer see it for what it is: a summons to strip ourselves of earthly cares and worldly wisdom, all desire for human praise, greediness for any kind of comfort; a readiness to stand up and be counted as peacemakers in a violent world; a willingness to let go of those pretenses that would have us believe that we really aren’t worldly. Even the last rag we cling to–the self-flattery that suggests we are being humble when we disclaim any resemblance to Jesus Christ–even that rag has to go when we stand face to face with the crucified Lord.

~Brennan Manning, The Signature of Jesus

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