Presentation on theme: " We opt for the poor Not the successful, the powerful, the rich and the efficient? This type of leadership requires special insight and sensitivities,"— Presentation transcript:
We opt for the poor Not the successful, the powerful, the rich and the efficient? This type of leadership requires special insight and sensitivities, a mind like Jesus’ and a high level of service We believe in the present order of things We are opting against ourselves and the current order Power & affluence can stifle the Spirit
Jesus’ major criticisms were for the rich & powerful We never had it so good or is it so dangerous? Power & affluence can stifle the Spirit “The weak are very conscious of their weakness and the powerful are rarely conscious of their strength”. Paul Tournier. The Violence Inside The powerful often hurt without intending to and often cannot hear or understand the weak, the vulnerable & poor Power can blind us as much as corrupt us Lazarus and the rich man & Jesus at Simon’s house
We want God to be powerful A God who is in charge, fix our problems, give us clear directions, and rescue us from our crises But Jesus finds God’s love in rejection, darkness, failure & death He proves he is God by not coming down from the cross God’s love is vulnerable & contrary to human power God is active in pain, suffering and ambiguity
Christians and especially priests, missionaries and carers tend to be compulsive givers But we need to receive and well as give If you do not need anything you cannot be in relationship Our vulnerability and our need may enable us to empower people and communities And give us the insight and sensitivity to hear, to recognise and be compassionate It may release the fire in our hearts and in others.
What difference would it make if you were to see God as vulnerable? We are powerful people. Do you reflect on how dangerous your power might be? Who are the poor in your “world” and how do you respond to the weak and poor?