just blending in?

May 23, 2013

Take a minute to watch this 60 second clip.

Amazing, isn’t it?  Notice that the people watching in the live audience applauded this creature that was able to become one with its surroundings.

Such blending-in is a constant danger for Christians.  Society applauds religious people who “blend in”.  When we blend into a secular background our family and friends are happy too. We are less challenging and embarrassing when we just blend.

The call for people of faith is to blend into the life of God, and never to settle for becoming one with the movement of the secular crowd.  This is a subtle danger – how often in our parishes and family we use material assets as our security instead of turning to Jesus for everything.

So here’s to living with the courage of the disciples after Pentecost. Let our desire be only to blend with the full life of God.


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