ISIS, Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Jason Bourne…

Vivens in sacerdotium

Matthew 16:21-28; Romans 12:9-21

Does it ever feel like the world’s collapsing?

In the news recently we’ve been hearing a lot of disheartening things: Gaza, Ferguson, Robin Williams, ISIS.  Some of these things produce sadness; others, perhaps, fear.

But we are the church, the kingdom of heaven being realized on earth.  God so loved the world that he sent his Son to save it.  He healed the sick and befriended sinners.  He taught us to put others first, to turn the other cheek, and to love our enemies.

How then are we supposed to respond to this feeling that the world is collapsing?

How are we supposed to respond to ISIS?

Some of you know the story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  He was a German pastor and theologian who came into his own between the two world wars.  A one-time self-proclaimed Pacifist, he took a very different stance when Adolf Hitler’s…

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