Monday, March 3, 2008

Discipleship: the journey from death to life

Commenting on the third chapter of St. Matthew, theologian Stanley Hauerwas writes: "Jesus is unleashed into the world. His mission will not be easy, for the kingdom inauguarted by his life and death is not one that can be recognized on the world's terms. He is the beloved Son who must undergo the terror produced by our presumption that we are our own creators. He submits to John's baptism just as he will submit to the crucifixion so that we might know how God would rule the world. His journey begins. Matthew would have us follow" (Matthew 49).

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