Mass Readings: 2 Corinthians 4:7-15/Matthew 20:20-28

Embracing Ambiguity

Father Richard Rohr, the Franciscan theologian, has written about our dualistic way of thinking. Although he’s not alone in his theology, he writes convincingly about the way in which we think in terms of either/or. If not this, then that. In his typically accessible style, he encourages readers to try to accept ambiguity, to be content with not solving seeming mysteries. Do not insist, he suggests, that life must be one way or another.

Today’s reading from Corinthians made me think of Father Rohr’s invitation to abandon dualistic thinking. Paul encourages the Corinthians to accept perplexity and persecution as only part of life. We can be perplexed but not despairing, for example. We needn’t be one thing or the other. Within us, Jesus Christ lives, and in that life, is our own wholeness.

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for theologians who illuminate our journeys.