Finding the Glory in the Mess
4 weeks ago
Our brother breaks the cycle of self-deception. A man who confesses his sins in the presence of a brother knows that he is no longer alone with himself; he experiences the presence of God in the reality of the other person. As long as I am by myself in the confession of my sins everything remains in the dark, but in the presence of a brother the sin has to be brought into the light (116).And I’m referring, mind you, to the priesthood of the baptized. This would make me very naughty in many Anglican circles. Like, outside of the Diocese of Sydney. Shh, don't tell anyone.
Karl Rahner, Hans Kung, and Cardinal Ratzinger all arrived at the gates of Heaven on the same day. St Peter informed them that he had been instructed to go over a few matters with each individually before their admission.
He called Karl Rahner into the side chapel first. Five minutes later, Karl emerged, near tears, and said, "How wrong I was!"
Hans Kung was next. Half an hour later, he emerged, quiet and humbled, and murmured, "How wrong I was!"
Ratzinger was last. Six hours later, St Peter emerged, sobbing. "How wrong I was!"
T.: I've been to one of those drag shows once. They're... something else.
J.: You're tellin' me. But they're desperate for Jesus like everybody else. I go to the shows, and have gotten to know a lot of them, and they can't hear enough.
T.: Are you serious? Drag queens want you to tell them about Jesus?
J.: These people have been told their entire lives that they're "Sodom and Gomorrah," and that God hates them and is disgusted by them. When I tell them that Jesus really does love them for who they are, right where they are, they just start sobbing. Do you know what it's like for them to go through life with all of these religious people telling them how much God hates them?
He loves people just the way they are, but too much to leave them that way.