Celebrating Solidarity in Community

Musings /Part 9/ on the Practices of a
Resurrection (Expansive) Spirituality

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Philippians 3:10 “that I may know through him, the power of dynamic transformation, and the koinonia of suffering” (my translation)

In Latin America there is a long-standing tradition of celebrating solidarity with those who died or were ‘disappeared’ at the hands of repressive military regimes. Their names are announced one-by-one. After each name the acclamation is raised, “¡Presente!” “You are present with us. We stand with you in speaking truth to power.” When visitors from El Norte are present, sometimes their names are also called, followed by the same refrain – “¡Presente!

¡Presente!” is a cry for justice from those most persecuted by societal injustice. It is the cry of anguish, and yet, the cry of a people who will not be vanquished. It is a cry that knows both the abandonment of the cross and the promise of resurrection. “¡Presente!” is the heavy-hearted acknowledgement that we live in the space between memory and a promise.

Yeshua’s mission was to call people into a radical community where the power base was re-aligned and salvation was re-defined as justice (the well-being of all in society). The only way this could happen (can happen) is through solidarity with the poor, the disenfranchised, the sick, the outcast. As followers of Yeshua who are engaging a Resurrection (Expansive) Spirituality we are called into that celebration of Solidarity in and through community. We have this cloud of witnesses; we re not alone; we are supported by the community of saints. We become the support system of the cloud of witnesses.

Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!”   Hebrews 12:1-3 (MSG)

[Peterson, Eugene H. The Message: The Bible in Contemporary LanguageColorado Springs: NavPress, 2002]

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