The question of fault, when honestly and openly asked, tends not to go away. It has a way of leading to the Ultimate Mystery. In a sense, blame is the quick and easy answer to the question, “Whose fault is this?”
In our last post we looked at Luke’s story of Martha blaming Mary and Jesus for her distress (Luke 10:38-42). There’s another story in the Gospel of John in which Martha blames Jesus. This time Mary joins her. Martha’s and Mary’s brother Lazarus has died, and both Martha and Mary confront Jesus: “Lord, if you had been here my brother would not have died” (This is a powerful story in which Jesus weeps. Hopefully you can take a few minutes to read it: John 11:1-44).
Jesus replies with one of the profoundest revelations in Scripture: “I am the resurrection and the life; the one who believes into me and dies shall live, and all who live and believe into me shall not die into forever. Do you believe this?” (Jn. 11:25-26)
Jesus’ question asks:
Will you now accept your power and response-ability
for your eternity and your present?
Will you move beyond blame and fault into wellness,
abundant Life, now and forever?”
Inherent in Jesus’ reply is God taking responsibility for the human situation. For me this is the model. Jesus’ Incarnation, Life, Death, Resurrection, Ascension, and Infusion of the Spirit into all humanity (see the circle of the church year) is God’s way of saying, “I made all things, and I am making all things well.” The only remaining question: will we join God in this infinite Goodness of All Things becoming well, or will we remain stuck in fault and blame?
Luke’s words of Jesus from the cross offer another insight into God, the Ultimate Mystery, taking responsibility for the world God made: “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Lk. 23:34). It is as though Jesus’s cross is God saying, “Place your blame on me. I remove it all.”
Ordinary Life Extraordinarily Lived infuses and propels us with hope. We are empowered to move beyond blame and fault (place it all on God if you need to); we are invited to see our life as an opportunity to embrace Life. Then to see every moment as the privilege of being and becoming. Every moment and circumstance becomes an opportunity for Goodness, Beauty, Truth, and Love. No blame, only the opportunity to grow, to become, to celebrate, to co-create.
As one friend recently said, “If I am not the problem, there is no solution.”
Please remember to engage. (= tell God your response and listen for God’s response to you). [If you are new to our blog, a description of our method of “engaging,” which is a method for reading and praying with the Bible, other literature, and life itself, can be found here.].
Grace and Peace,
More to come …