Where Do We Choose to See?
There hasn’t been much of time for blogging this week, alas. I’ve been scrambling to get a few book reviews out the door, along with sermon work for Sunday worship and prepping for a series of talks for next week when I am in Winnipeg as the pastor-in residence at Canadian Mennonite University. So many words to assemble and rearrange and package in such a short amount of time… Maybe if I had, oh, I don’t know, planned ahead a bit better? Sigh.
At any rate, among the many words and ideas clamouring for space in my muddled brain these days, here are a few wise ones from María Teresa Dávila, professor of Christian ethics at Andover Newton Theological School. These are found in one of the books I just sent off a review of, Wading Through Many Voices:
Where do we choose to see? What (and who) do we choose to love? I suspect that the entire biblical narrative, the broad scope of the human quest and condition, the promise and hope of salvation, the fate of the world itself might just be able to fit inside these two questions.
I’ve used the image above on a number of previous occasions. It is a photo I took two years ago in the middle of a community full of displaced Colombian farmers on garbage-strewn hillside on the southern outskirts of Bogotá. It is an image that reminds me frequently about the importance of location—of choosing where to see and what to love.