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Monday, January 09, 2006


So, I was reading Brennan Manning's book, The Relentless Tenderness of Jesus, when I came across the following quote. Manning is talking about the time Christ was in the temple and cleared it with His righteous rage and whips...

"The magnanimous Jesus who said, 'Forgive your neighbor seventy times seven,' the meek Lamb of God who said, 'Learn from Me for I am gentle and humble of heart,' has fashioned a homemade whip and is tearing through the Temple overturning stalls and showcases, thrashing the merchants and roaring, 'Get out of here! This isn't Winn Dixie! You will not turn sacred space into a supermarket!' "

That struck me as funny, obviously, because of the book/movie "Because of Winn-Dixie" and how they actually had their church in a former convenient store.

I still resonate with what Brennan was saying -- do not use the sacred for your mundane selfishness -- but I find it holy to take the mundane and annoying (convenient stores are very annoying to me) and make it sacred!

I think that is part of the charm that I love about the story, "Because of Winn-Dixie".

Anyway, I thought it was funny and wanted to share it with you all.


At 8:18 AM, Blogger julie said...

i smile with you on this one...


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