Christians are accustomed to the story of Psalm Sunday – of Jesus’ joyous entry into Jerusalem – that many forget what a profoundly dangerous and subversive act his arrival in Jerusalem actually was.
-Robert J. Hutchinson, The Dawn of Christianity
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I read this sentence in Robert Hutchinson’s book, The Dawn of Christianity. Yes, this was indeed a dangerous and subversive act. Jesus was a threat to the Jewish council leaders and Romans. They needed to ensure their control and power over the masses to maintain their interests.
Jesus knew that his journey into Jerusalem was risky. It could get him killed. Jesus decided to bring the kingdom of God to the heart and center of Judaism. The heart and center did not want to hear it. It threatened their control, interests and power.
What does this dangerous and subversive act tell us about Jesus? Jesus was a man on a Spirit filled mission. Jesus must have been extremely brave, calm, compassionate, confident and wise.
When we sit in silence during Centering prayer or other silent prayer practices, we sit with Jesus. Jesus will fill us with this same bravery, compassion, confidence, inner peace and wisdom to guide us in our future actions.
Centering prayer teaches us that we are never alone. Centering prayer teaches us how to live. Centering prayer teaches us when to act and when to just sit like we do during our silent sits. Sometimes action is not always the best action.
We arise from our silent sits new and powerful creations. We are never alone. We sit with Jesus during our silent sits. We arise and walk with Jesus during the non-silent parts of our day. Jesus is our constant companion and partner.
I encourage you to take the time to sit in silence with Jesus so you can walk in life with him too.
Jesus is our constant companion and partner.
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