Maybe happiness is this: not feeling like you should be elsewhere, doing something else, being someone else.
Christians whose eyes are fixed on the awfulness of crucifixion are in a special position to understand the awfulness of innocent suffering. The Cross of Christ is God’s absolute identification with the weak, the powerless, and the vulnerable, but most of all with unprotected, undefended, innocent suffering.
As Christ was the invisible God made visible, so sacramentals, like sacraments, are visible signs of His invisible grace, sanctifying daily life. In a way, they are daily restatements of the Incarnation, of God made flesh, and are dwelling among us in mysterious and wonderful ways.
After making an excellent statement about why James and I are leaning toward baptizing our children as infants, a super neat middle aged evangelical Nazarene minister responded, “I can’t see how infant baptism can be beneficial.”
Ugh. This comes after listening to waaaay too many persons tell me how “baptism is all about me and Jesus and giving my testimony.”
Fire and water do not mix. Neither can you mix judgment of others with the desire to repent.
- Priest: So this is how we will process on Palm Sunday.
- MC: Wait, I have a question about Holy Thursday.
- Priest: What? We're not there yet. I'm trying to get Jesus into Jerusalem and you're already trying to kill him.