Every year I have at least one book of readings that sits by my prayer chair. I was taken with this reading from Oscar Romero in one of Ray Simpson’s books – Waymarks for the journey. This was Sunday’s reading:
A Church that doesn’t provoke any crisis,
a gospel that doesn’t unsettle,
a word of God that doesn’t get under anyone’s skin,
a word of God that doesn’t touch the real sin
of the society around it
what gospel is that?
Very nice, pious considerations
that don’t bother anyone;
that’s the way many would like preaching to be.
Yet does such a gospel light the world we live in?
The gospel of Christ is courageous;
it is the good news of him who came to transform
and take away the world’s sins.
Christmas seems a good time to remember what it might mean to be the light of the world.