Richard Rhor’s Daily Meditation

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THE SCAPEGOAT

Question of the Day:
What does worshiping Jesus as the scapegoat teach us?

Christianity is the only religion in the world that worships a scapegoat figure as God. Its really quite amazing that we worship a visible victim rather than an apparent victor. (Catholic art never hid the scandal here!)

In worshiping the scapegoat, we should gradually learn to stop scapegoating, because we could be utterly wrong, just as church and state, high priest and king, Jerusalem and Rome, the highest levels of power were utterly wrong in the death of Jesus. He was the one that many of us call the most perfect man who ever lived, and yet they all missed the point. That should give us some healthy humility about how wrong power can be, and how wrong all of us can be.

If the highest levels of power can be that wrong, then be most careful whom you decide to hate, kill, exclude, and diminish. Power and authority are not always good guides, if we are to judge by much of human history. For many, if not most people, any authority takes away all of their anxiety, and often their own responsibility to form a mature conscience themselves.

Adapted from Things Hidden: Scripture as Spirituality, p. 194

Mantra:
Jesus, help me absorb
and transform evil.

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