temptation

I’m called back to the insight and truthfulness of this….

“I am deeply convinced that the Christian leader of the future is called to be completely irrelevant and to stand in this world with nothing to offer but his or her own vulnerable self. This is the way Jesus came to reveal God’s love…

Jesus’ first temptation was to be relevant:to turn stones into bread. Oh, how often I have wished I could do that!… Aren’t priests and ministers called to help people, to feed the hungry, to save those who are starving?

Are we no called to do something that makes people realise that we do make a difference in their lives?
Aren’t we called to heal the sick, feed the hungry, and alleviate the suffering of the poor?

Jesus was faced with these same questions, but when he was asked to prove his power as the Son of God by the relevant behaviour of changing stones into bread, he clung to his mission to proclaim the Word and said, “One does not live by bread along, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” Matthew 4 v 4.”

Henri Nouwen, In the Name of Jesus

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