“While Jesus rejects the top-down power of the colonizers and the one percent, he models a different sort of power. His is rooted in people, who he encourages and animates through preaching, teaching, and organizing. And thus we see Jesus, not only refusing the abundance of the ruling class, but modeling a particular way of realizing abundance through non-possessive sharing of money and material goods so that all are fed. And we see Jesus rejecting the protection and security offered by top-down power through wealth and military force, yet modeling another kind of protection through his efforts to form communities of radical care and solidarity.”
– Joerg Rieger
Scripture Reading: Matthew 4: 1-11
Contemporary Testimony: Selections from Sympathy for the Devil
by Mick Jagger &Keith Richards
The Rev. Seth Wispelwey
Interim Pastor of Rincon Congregational UCC.