So there I am having a conversation with a friend about this and that. Suddenly she changes tack and begins to tell me about how good her daily reflection from Richard Rohr was that she had just read.
There are a couple of things that strike me.
- My friend isn’t what you would call ‘techy’. This isn’t someone who I would expect to be receiving daily meditations on her phone. So it got me thinking – that if my friend is checking this stuff out and finding it helpful, this is just the thing that New Roots is about and we should include links to this material on this site so people can know about it!
- I would consider my friend to be pretty spiritually mature – and she is. But I was really encouraged that here she is, someone of Christian maturity and experience still searching and growing as a Christian. Still able to be excited about the writing and thinking of someone else.Richard Rohr is a Roman Catholic priest and a Franciscan. A well respected writer – amongst other things he writes for Sojourners which is profiled in New Roots. So – what was all the fuss about? Quite simple really. Richard Rohr was reflecting on the distinction between being ‘disciples’ and being ‘worshippers’. Jesus calls people to follow him, to be disciples. The primary call isn’t for us to be worshippers. The primary call is for us to be followers.
“We worshipped Jesus instead of following him on his same path. We made Jesus into a mere religion instead of a journey toward union with God and everything else.” Here is the reflection in full
It seems to me that at the heart of what New Roots is about – is to provide resources that help us be followers.
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