Shared life is a way of being present to another person so that another person can be present to you. It’s a quality of being, of living. A sharing attitude makes room inside of you so that others can crawl in and you can crawl out into them. You become touched and touchable, supporting and supportable. A Christian home is one with the doors open, and a Christian community of any form has doors open and swinging both ways. There’s life moving in and life moving out. I could summarize Jesus’ most radical teaching as a call to “universal table fellowship” (see with whom he eats, whom he invites to the banquet, and then you will know why they killed him!). Don’t tell people to come to our church or to come to hear Father preach. Ask them to come over for supper. That’s more real and natural. Talk to them over the back fence. We hope our life is good news. When out neighbors see our unity and our good news, maybe then they’ll say, I’d like to come celebrate and worship with you.
From The Spiritual Family and the Natural Family
3 thoughts on “Rohr’s Reflections from last Friday.”
I wonder how true this is though. I know it is true in theory and I know in the Bible it says that it can work, but I am yet to see an example of it. I dont even feel welcome in my church, let alone letting a non-christian walk in! If anyone has any living proof of this working, let me know. It just seems a bit too “rainbow in the sky”. Too easy.
sadly I agree with you when speaking of churches as we know them. But if you look at a Christian home, an open Christian home as a church, as they were seen in the New Testament (I admit they were larger homes) it is entirly pos to see ‘the church’ as a place of hospitality where everyone is welcomed. The other place I see this in action is on my occassional visits to New Norcia to the Benadictine Monestary. These guys seem to have what it takes in terms of hospitality. It’s not a party, you are not overwhealmed with monks running about ‘making you feel welcome’ and taking you to the visitors lounge for free cake and a coffee and a free CD and a pack about how to join thier monestry, it is quite simple, we feed you if you are hungry, clothe you if you are naked, house you if you are homeless and embrace you if you are lonely, what are your needs, let us see if we can meet them in Jesus name.
We can learn a lot from the monastic tradition.