Whether you turn to the right or to the left,

your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying,

“This is the way; walk in it.”

Isaiah 30:21

He belongs to the powerless ...

“Jesus is just as loyal to the suffering of Iraqi and Russian soldiers as he is to the suffering of American and British soldiers.

He grabs all our boundaries away from us, and suddenly we are forced to see that we are a universal people.

Most people do not like that being exposed and shared.

Yes, God is on the side of the pain, and goes wherever the pain is (which is abundantly clear in the Gospels).

We can no longer preempt Jesus for our own group, religion, or country.

People seeking power cannot use him for their private purposes.

He belongs to the powerless.”

(Richard Rohr, Daily Meditation)

No one wants to do the dishes ...

"A sign hangs on the wall in a New Monastic Christian community house:

'Everyone wants a revolution. No one wants to do the dishes.'

I was, and remain, a Christian who longs for revolution, for things to be made new and whole in beautiful and big ways.

But what I am slowly seeing is that you can't get to the revolution without learning to do the dishes.

The kind of spiritual life and disciplines needed to sustain the Christian life are quiet, repetitive, and ordinary.

I often want to skip the boring, daily stuff to get to the thrill of an edgy faith.

But it's in the dailiness of the Christian faith - the making the bed, the doing the dishes, the praying for our enemies, the reading the Bible, the quiet, the small --

that God's transformation takes root and grows."

(Tish Harrison Warren, Liturgy of the Ordinary)