Year A - 5th Sunday of Easter or Assured 5
May 18, 2014
Newborns need nurture. The drive to receive such is innate. Without it there arises a great wail eventually followed by great silence.
Presence and absence is one set of poles around which we organize our life. Verse 3, “if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good”, reminds us that not just any contact is helpful. Have you been nurtured by goodness and grown in such? Have you been nurtured by suspicion and grown in such?
Depending on the direction of the nurture we find our lives with one set of rooms expansive enough to nurture others or another set of rooms surrounded by a moat to protect us from others.
Those who have been nurtured positively by Christianity can stand in that affirmation to openly engage those who have been nurtured positively in other traditions and have everyone benefit. Those nurtured negatively, if they remain within Christianity, will insist that everyone needs to be seen in the light of their limitations. This is an extension of verse 7, “To you then who believe, he is precious; but for those who do not believe, ‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the very head of the corner’”.
For more about this perspective I would refer you to Brian McLaren’s book, Why did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?