sojogram Sojourners sojogram April 16, 2017
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Alleluia! He is risen! Today we're thinking about these words from American Jesuit and holy troublemaker, Daniel Berrigan: “Once there was a dead man, a criminal, a subject of capital punishment. And lo! He refused to stay dead. He stood up. As the authorities shortly came to sense, this was an earthquake in nature; in the nature of law and order, in the nature of death, the nature of war. For in the nature of things, as defined by the nation state (a great one for deciding what the nature of things is)--dead men stay dead. The word from Big Brother, the word that gives him clout, inspires fear, is--a criminal, once disposed of, stays disposed! Not at all. Along come these crazies shouting in public, “Our man’s not dead, He’s risen!” Now I submit you can’t have such a word going around, and still run the state properly. The first nonviolent revolution was, of course, the Resurrection. The event had to include death as its first act. And also the command to Peter, “Put up your sword.” So that it might be clear, once and for all, that Christians suffer death rather than inflict it. All worldly systems and arrangements are simply by-passed by the Resurrection. If death has no hold over people, in the sense that they’ve exorcised their fear of death--then what’s left worth fearing, or worth hoping, from any worldly structure? . . #Easter #Resurrection #HeIsRisen #HappyEaster #Alleluia #DanielBerrigan

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