Liturgy that Matters – July 19, 2020 – Romans 8:12-25
Themes: Paul asks, “who hopes for what is already perceived?” Our imaginations (just like his) are shaped by the context in which we live. We must be actively tending to the limitations and constraints that dominance has placed on what we imagine to be possible. Do our efforts of love, justice, and liberation depend only on what we have already experienced and practiced? Do we have the faith to labor towards entirely new ways of being and relating together? The earth groans in creation, awaiting transformation and freedom from the dominance that keeps life suppressed. Will we settle for crumbs of justice or allow God to usher us into the abundance of what has yet been known among us? This and more about Paul’s and our complicated relationships to flesh and bodies in Christianity as well as the collective nature of true transformation.