Evil makes it appear that Evil has all the cards, all the authority, all the power. Jesus is powerless, our selfish culture says, and we must take the selfish way or have no way out at all. But Jesus refuses it all and wins it the hard way. And is winning it the hard way, even now. Therein is our hope.
Just before Jesus' departure, the disciples will ask for the power that selfish evil had offered him in the wilderness: "Is it now that you will restore the power and the glory, to us and to our people? Will we now get political power?"
Jesus says, "Never mind the times and seasons or places where the Holy One has decided to place his authority, but you have already received, and you will receive, all the power you need, the raw power of the Holy Spirit, the miracle-working power, you will receive this for the purpose of worldwide witness, worldwide solidarity, with me.”
We are a community of the “called out”. Those called out from the world: people of hope looking for ways to express politically and economically what the gospel means when it talks about liberation and deliverance; people struggling to put into fleshly reality the culture of God on the Mornington Peninsula.
We are a community in which there is to be no discrimination based on race, colour, caste, sex, sexual orientation, national or cultural history, or any other measure that diminishes.
We have THE DYNAMITE POWER promised to us by Jesus and we are not helpless.
We have all the power to create a community where hospitality is of first importance. Where there is hospitality there is the power to defeat the selfishness that is the power of the world. We must work to put those in positions of power who will make hospitality the nation’s aim. There is plenty for us to do and plenty for all.