A line from a folk song says, “I don’t want to get accustomed to this world.” That line resonated this Holy Week, as we remembered the death and resurrection of Jesus. Most of us live fairly comfortable lives, protected from the suffering and injustices experienced by so many around us, and it’s easy to get accustomed to our comfort. To fully experience the resurrection which we, as followers of Jesus, are called to daily live out, we need to go where Jesus went–not to the powerful, but to the powerless.
“Only by solidarity with other people’s suffering can comfortable people be converted. Otherwise we are disconnected from the cross—of the world, of others, of Jesus, and finally of our own necessary participation in the great mystery of dying and rising. In the early Christian Scriptures, we clearly see that it’s mostly the lame, the poor, the blind, the prostitutes, the drunkards, the tax collectors, the sinners—those on the bottom and the outside—that really hear Jesus’ teaching and get the point and respond to him. It’s the leaders and insiders (the priests, scribes, Pharisees, teachers of the law, and Roman leaders) who crucify him.” (Richard Rohr)
May we not get accustomed to this world where the powerful are allowed to exploit the weak, where hateful rhetoric is aimed at the most vulnerable, and where those most at risk are often abandoned. Let us go where Jesus went.