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The Courage of Ruth

Ruth 1:8-21; 2:1-12, NRSV
Matthew 1:1-5, NRSV


When we demand satisfaction of one another, when we demand any completion to history on our terms, when we demand that our anxiety or any dissatisfaction be taken away, saying as it were, “Why weren’t you this for me? Why didn’t life do that for me?” we are refusing to say, “Come, Lord Jesus.” We are refusing to hold out for the full picture that is always given by God. “Come, Lord Jesus” is a leap into the kind of freedom and surrender that is rightly called the virtue of hope. The theological virtue of hope is the patient and trustful willingness to live without closure, without resolution, and still be content and even happy because our Satisfaction is now at another level, and our Source is beyond ourselves. We are able to trust that he will come again, just as Jesus has come into our past, into our private dilemmas and into our suffering world. Our Christian past then becomes our Christian prologue, and “Come, Lord Jesus” is not a cry of desperation but an assured shout of cosmic hope.

— Richard Rohr

  • Courage in the midst of tragedy
  • Suffering – not being in control, and not knowing how it turns out
  • We all have an agenda; “God has not filled out my agenda” (Paula D’Arcy’s Book)
  • Courage leads to redemption

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