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    Craig Nessan

    Life of Faith, Life of the World

    God creates you in God’s own image
    We are made for relationship
    Buber’s I-Thou: subject to subject
    Levinas: transcendence in the face of another person
    Bonhoeffer: Jesus Christ mediating every relationship
    Where two or three are gathered, I am in your midst
    The conversation and consolation of the sisters and brothers: means of grace
    The Triune God extending communion to us in life giving relationships
    We are the shalom of God

    God creates with the Word
    The Word became flesh and dwelt among us
    Incarnation: bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh
    Jesus Christ as Living Word
    Scripture as Living Word
    Proclamation as Living Word
    The promises of God on the lips of the baptized: Word of God
    The promises of God in Jesus Christ spoken on your lips: Word of God
    We are voice of God bearing Christ

    Jesus washes disciples’ feet
    Jesus washes your feet
    A new commandment
    Love one another
    Do you see what I have done for you?
    As I have washed your feet,
    So you wash one another’s feet
    The sacrament of foot washing
    We are the love of God

    Spirit of God giving life to the world
    Creation sustained again today by Spirit of God
    Breath in you: Spirit of God
    Spirit of God in the groaning of creation
    Spirit of God in human suffering
    Spirit of God in your suffering
    My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
    The absolute hiddenness of God: theology of the cross
    Dead silence

    Resurrection of the crucified and buried one,
    Still bearing the marks of the nails, the thorns, the spear
    We are the suffering of God

    As you do it to the least of these, so you do it to me
    Jesus Christ as the hungry, thirsty, homeless, little ones
    This my body, this my blood
    Do this to remember me
    We eat and we drink; we chew and swallow
    We ingest the body of Christ
    The body of Christ eats us
    We become body of Christ
    We are body of Christ

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