#1169 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 27 December 2015
A few days before Christmas, social justice advocate and blogger Scott Higgins observed that while there are many things to be thankful for today, compared to the time of Jesus’ birth, we might ask, “Where is this kingdom of justice and peace that Jesus proclaimed?”
He says it’s not like a stone thrown into a pond that ripples outwards until it covers the entire surface, but a series of stones, each creating ripples that spread out for a short distance before disappearing.
Every time somebody is inspired to choose the way of love over hatred, forgiveness over vengeance, welcome over rejection, peace over violence, service over self-aggrandizement, words that build up over words that tear down, they become a pebble thrown into the lake, sending ripples of goodness, joy and hope.
The kingdom of God is
a quiet whisper … that there is another way, another possibility. Jesus was God’s pebble thrown into history subverting the logic of violence, greed, hubris and narcissism with the logic of love, grace, humility, and servanthood. His invitation is to follow his way.
I’m Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches.