Sunday with Walter Brueggemann
The Involved Life
We are called to put on love for the world, the world we have been taught deep in our bones to fear and hate and resist. But we did not learn so from Christ, rather we learned God so loved the world. So in our maturing we need to ask how we feel about the world of arms and poverty and TV and mobility and pressure and pace and people and problems. This is so very new for many of us, and the church stands accused of not helping us love this world where God has placed us.
We shall have to put on the notion that life, in all its abundance, comes from involvement. But our monastic ideals, which have been transformed only slightly into our suburban detachment, have taught us to avoid and keep clear and stay detached. But we did not learn so from Jesus. We learned about the involved life from manger to cross with the road between littered with need and filth and joy and all the humanness of the world into which he came. The life of Jesus speaks so eloquently about the joy and pain of involvement, and it calls us to unlearn our non-Christian notion of detachment from the hurt of the world.
• A Gospel of Hope, pp. 115-116