People assume that silence and peace can be simply harnessed together, silence as Xanax for the soul. But that's not how deserts work.
Season after Pentecost | 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)
Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20; Psalm 19; (Isaiah 5:1-7; Psalm 80:7-15;) Philippians 3:4b-14; Matthew 21:33-46
James reminds us of the duplicity of language, like a matchstick dropped by singed fingers that leaves behind charred acres. The deception of language is that we believe it is innocent.
The Bible's images for God must be taken in an analogical sense. Yet the Bible exhibits no anxiety about using them.
In her most recent book, Blessed Are the Consumers, Sallie McFague focuses on kenosis as the key element in shaping a Christian alternative to the pervasive religion of consumerism. McFague says that consumerism consists of those cultural patterns and practices by which people “find meaning and fulfillment through the consumption of goods and services.” We may rightly identify consumerism as a religion.
Jesus' parable of the so-called "wicked tenant farmers" is a textbook illustration—a parody, even—of the economic and political dynamics of empire.