In our Gospel text, some of Jesus’ disciples find his teaching hard. Eating his body? Drinking his blood? I didn’t sign up for this. Couldn’t I just pray for you?
Season after Pentecost | 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)
Exodus 1:8-2:10; Psalm 124; (Isaiah 51:1-6; Psalm 138;) Romans 12:1-8; Matthew 16:13-20
The church is still uncomfortable with human bodies. It does little to promote the rich connection between bodies and Christian spirituality. Paul uses "body" as a metaphor, and contemporary Christians do the same when we say "the body of Christ." This metaphorical usage generally takes precedence in the church’s practice.
Decades ago when I was a graduate student at Union Seminary in New York City, Robert McAfee Brown was the hot young teacher of theology.
reviewed by Walter Brueggemann September 25, 2013
Recently, a friend and I were talking about how disturbed and saddened we’ve been by the hateful and decidedly unchristian words spoken by self-proclaimed Christian leaders in recent years. The examples are too numerous to cite, and each has its own agenda of hatred and division. I complained that it was so deeply unfair that such intolerant and offensive perspectives were being allowed to speak for me and all other Christians. My friend offered a profound and simple response: “Chris, they only speak for you if you don’t speak for yourself.”