Musings pondered from a painting of st francis
Pax et bonum…Peace and goodness.
Advocate and lover of Brother sun, Sister moon…of earth that is mother and father to all.
Instrument of peace.
“Rebuild MY church.”
A romanticized stripper of earthly, familial, societal, and communal possessions.
Server to those most in need…
Embracer of those marked by leprosy of mind, body, and spirit.
One who often misunderstands GOD’s calling.
A prayer life so passionate, intimate, lively, and sensuous…
it creates a divine sanctuary that is ablaze with light, heat, love, and presence.
A contemplative in action who preached the gospel using words when necessary…
who was not afraid of taking chances and embracing the messiness of life.
A radical for Jesus, a radical with Jesus, a radical because of Jesus.
This is not only the life of Francis of Assisi…the earth-respecting, peace-making, grungy lover of life.
But also the lives of those reflected in the glass of his painting.
We are all called and challenged, invited and inspired
to live, love, and laugh with GOD and for GOD in this crazy, blessedly screwed up world.
Like Francis, it is a calling to discipleship that is holy and rambunctious…
In which one is a voice for the voiceless (the transgender youth, the male rape victim, the immigrant).
A home for the outcast (the person with HIV, the drug addict, the bankrupt millionaire).
A rebel who shakes things up in church with prophetic words and action
by preaching Jesus and not a sanitized, politically correct, fluffy, lovie-dovie hippie.
While pondering GOD’s fool, I also wonder about Claire of Assisi.
Where is she?
Where is her painting?
The contemplative diva with chutzpah,
a saint in her own right…
advisor to popes…a woman of prayer…
a leader who struggled with her family who did not accept her vocation,
often in the shadow by her hippie, grungy, earth loving brother in the faith.
Though history has neglected her at times,
Her embodiment of eucharist lives on in both church and world today…
a reminder that church and “body of Christ” is not limited by church walls
but thrives in the world.
Francis and Claire,
Prophets and instruments of a radical and inclusive peace
that inspires the ongoing call to repair and rebuild church.
It is a life that praises GOD with
all the words, prayers, “umph”, actions, and chutzpah one can muster.
Are we ready to carry the burden, privilege, craziness, joy of being GOD’s fool?
featured image by John August Swanson, from http://www.johnaugustswanson.com/default.cfm/PID=1.2.12