Thursday, November 11, 2010

Christian Heroes

“We’re not afraid of death because Jesus died for us. Of course we cry, but they’re tears of happiness, because we die for God.”

- Sama Wadie, 32, his hand wrapped in a bandage, after attending Mass at Our Lady of Salvation Church in Baghdad, where 51 people were killed last Sunday. (Source: New York Times)

Such Christians are heroes, who live the Jesus life with a depth and intensity I fear those of us in the 'West' may never experience. I despair at times that my following of Jesus is so tame, insipid and pale - so different from the outrageous, energising, vibrant, technicolour, abundant life-giving Jesus who leaps from every page of the Gospels.

I want to live a Jesus centred life which is so radical and challenging that people hate and despise me. I long to challenge the conventions and customs of this day by embracing the most loathed members of society; by showing no favour to the most powerful, wealthy and influential; by outraging the religious and celebrating the lowly. But it may cost me my life, and I'm not sure I'm quite ready for that.

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