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New Year's Resolutions in the light of Jesus' "Nobodiness"(Sunday Homily)

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I somehow find comfort in Jesus' "nobodiness."   It offers solace to our own little lives and their apparent lack of meaning. In the end, we're nobodies -- all of us. That's what death makes apparent as we lose our physical form and minds and all that we worked for. We're nobodies.   Few will remember us or think of us after we're gone. We're born, get married, have children, buy and sell a few items, and then die. What then became of all our hopes and dreams? What does it all mean?

Perhaps Jesus' hidden life with Mary and Joseph assures us that it's all O.K.; it's all good. Maybe "that's life" -- what it's about? We're all called to be open, faceless channels that disclose the presence of God in our very ordinary lives with their personal limitations as far as the big picture is concerned. We're called to rise above such limitations or rather to use them to express the unbounded love of an apparently powerless God to those around us -- especially to our family members who might not even understand.

As far as the big picture is concerned, we're called simply to do our best and leave the rest in God's hands.

Doing our best in 2014 while accepting the limitations of our human condition might include:

  • In general, identifying (as Jesus' family did) with the interests of political refugees and immigrants.  

  • Stopping our habit of looking to people at the top to solve our world's problems.

  • Changing the way we eat -- considering vegetarianism as a measure against cruelty to animals on factory farms.

  • Growing a garden and canning food.

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  • And/or signing up for local subscription agriculture deliveries.

  • Going solar in every way possible.

  • Staying out of the "big boxes" as much as we can.

  • Being ready and willing to pay higher taxes and live closer to the ground after the world economy collapses when the effects of climate chaos catch up with us.

  • Lobbying for an increase in the minimum wage and to increase Social Security benefits.

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  • Ceasing to support and honor the U.S. military. (Given U.S. wars of aggression and world projection of imperial force, work in the military does not constitute "right livelihood.")

  • Agitating in our local faith communities for the adoption of a liberation theology perspective like that recently articulated by Pope Francis in his exhortation, "Evangelii Gaudium."

So what do you think?

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Mike Rivage-Seul is a liberation theologian and former Roman Catholic priest. Recently retired, he taught at Berea College in Kentucky for 36 years where he directed Berea's Peace and Social Justice Studies Program.Mike blogs (more...)
 

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