|The first picture I took of my seminary career.|
My goodness I was a fool!
|On our way to baccalaureate|
[oh the excitement...and the arrogance! That voice from which I wrote those words from make me cringe. If you get a chance, read this entry too. After reading these first few entries of my first few weeks in seminary, I have realized just how much I have changed...thank goodness! I can't help but apologize for my ridiculous and often asinine commentary on this adventure.]
|Completion. LPTS's hood.|
"Christ has no body now, but yours.No hands, no feet on earth, but yours.Yours are the eyes through whichChrist looks compassion into the world.Yours are the feetwith which Christ walks to do good.Yours are the handswith which Christ blesses the world."
Today I charge you to be stewards of the mystery. I charge you to be mindful of what happens when we invoke holy things. I charge you to take seriously the sacred mysteries we handle.
The 2013 graduating class of Louisville
Presbyterian Theological Seminary. I'm
grateful for their companionship along the way!
There are two mysteries in particular I charge you to reflect on and to handle with reverence: the mystery of God, and the human mystery, both of which are subject to reductionism in our time, to caricature and desecration.
Concerning the human mystery: Do not allow the powers and principalities of this present age to lead you to reduce a person to something less than a human being, created in love in the likeness and image of God. The people among whom you will serve are not consumers, or customers, or giving units. They are not even parishioners. They are human beings, children of God. And each and every one stands uniquely in the presence of a God who loves him or her. You are a steward of this great mystery.
Concerning the mystery of God: We steward this great and fundamental mystery first by recognizing God's holiness, God's wholly otherness; and by recognizing that we are not God. But we also steward this mystery by recognizing that we belong (as the Heidelberg Catechism teaches us) body and soul, in life and in death, not to ourselves, but to our faithful savior, Jesus Christ.
I charge you now to redeem those moments in the name of Jesus of Nazareth. Every person we meet bears upon herself or himself the indelible stamp of God, and makes a claim upon our respect and love. And every moment in our lives is a gift from the most Holy God, who is always as near to us as our next breath. The steward of the human mystery and the mystery of God reflects on these mysteries and allows them to transform our life together.
May the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ be with you in your life and in your ministries; AMEN.
Here's to an ending and to a beginning of being where I'm supposed to be.