8:38Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.’

How might I be “ashamed” of Jesus and his words?

When I pull back from the loving option, when I refuse the gentle word and choose the harsh reply, I am refusing to stand boldly with the truth that Jesus embodied. My choices suggest I am “ashamed” of Jesus and his “words”.

I have joined the “adulterous and sinful generation”. I am a house divided against itself. I refuse the intimacy of Love and choose instead the sad superficiality of a world in which I seek to be in charge and refuse the gentle moving of God’s Spirit in my life.

To be “ashamed” is to be embarrassed by the truth. It is a strange and troubling concept to think of Jesus being embarrassed by my life. But, when I fail to live truly and deeply, I bring shame upon that source of light and beauty that is my true identity. When I am unwilling to honour and trust the Life that lives in me, I bring shame upon the truth that Jesus embodied and that is my true nature.

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How do I live in such a way that I bring honour to the truth and light that are my true nature?

The Entry into Jerusalem St. Andrew Altarpiece, Vienna (1430-35)