Comments: When one more step is a step too far

Thoughtful post, like the previous one from the same priest (whom to the best of my recollection I've only met once but whose husband I know quite well).

Three comments:

(1) The journey metaphor is hard-wired into all the Gospels, though particularly into Luke-Acts: 'the road to Jerusalem', 'the road to Damascus', Christianity itself as 'the Way' (better: the Road), texts themselves as 'roads', etc.

(2) I entirely agree that it can be diminished into 'all about me', or 'journey to Christ', with nothing thereafter, whereas all this - really - is about process.

(3) I was personally disappointed by the standard of 'liberal' musings about Christmas and thereafter, at least as exhibited on this blog. Both these posts from MG were more nourishing. Roll on women biships!

Posted by john at Monday, 4 January 2010 at 7:37pm GMT

Meg's story of journeying and its relationship to the Gospel, reminds us of the fact that our total life here on earth is one of pilgrimage. In other words, we have a beginning and an goal.

Part of that journeying, for me, has been a growing realisation that the Christian enterprise of faith is all about setting people free from prejudices and fear. This, surely, was the main agenda of Jesus in his incarnate life on earth? His challenging of the 'status quo' in religious culture was one of the reasons for which he was hated and killed by the religious leaders of his day. However, he did rise from the dead, and his liberating Spirit is still working in the Church!

We have to be very careful - especially at this point in the history of our Anglican Communion, that we are not returning to the sectarian culture of the Crusades - not this time against the Muslims particularly, but not excluding them either - in which, in some areas, the emergence of LGBT's and women's claims to acceptance by the Church; are resisted, to the point of militant hunting down, exclusion and (in Uganda) death).

My own pilgrimage has moved from feeling rejected by the Church to becoming one of its ministers; from agnosticism about women's ministry, to the realisation that in Christ their is neither male nor female; from the acceptance of an exclusive religious attachment to Christianity, to an awareness of God's image and likeness in every human being. All of this has been the result of an ongoing process of spiritual and cultural enlightenment - a journey of Faith, from the point of my Baptism into Christ, towards my ordination, and recognition of my responsibility to Christ and all God's human family.

Each step of my journey has been both difficult and rewarding. My next step? Who knows, but I am aware that it will not be lacking in excitement.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Tuesday, 5 January 2010 at 10:23pm GMT
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