Building Bridges

Posted by Richard Rohr, OFM on Jul 28, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Minute Meditations | Photo by Hazel Clifton on UnsplashBridge-builders, including Jesus, usually start building a bridge from one side. You can’t build a bridge from the middle, as even an engineer will tell you. You must choose a starting point. What the Gospel is saying, pure and simple, is that wherever you’re going to start building your bridge, you better start from the side of powerlessness, not power. Because if you start on the side of power you’ll stay there forever. You really won’t build any bridges. Yet you can’t stay on the side of powerlessness. You’re going to discover the true meaning of power as you build the bridge over to it. And Jesus will redefine the nature of power for you. So we must be bridge-builders. We must pay the price in our body for building those bridges (see Colossians 1:24) and know we’ll be abused and misquoted from both sides. But the necessary starting point for building the bridge of the Gospel is from the side of powerlessness, either political powerlessness or your personal powerlessness, preferably both. And if you start there you have a good chance of coming to the truth. It will always be a conversion, a turning around, to get back to what some call “beginner’s mind.” Let’s put that in the back of our hearts and minds.

—from Jesus' Plan for a New World: The Sermon on the Mount  by Richard Rohr, OFM

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