A Gentle Revolution Will Come Through These

A gentle revolution will come through the little cadre of Christian fools who are willing to overthrow the established order by rearranging their lives around the mind of Christ.  Their quest is transparency through truthfulness, and their lifestyles will be shaped by the gospel of Jesus Christ.

– Brennan Manning, The Importance of Being Foolish: How to Think Like Jesus, HarperOne, copyright 2005, page 175

The Love of Christ on the Cross is a Burning Reality

The love of Jesus Christ on the Cross was a burning reality for Magdalene, and her life is utterly incomprehensible without it.  If you wish to speak of the Christian life, authentic spirituality, or the gifts of the Holy Spirit, you speak of Jesus Christ nailed to the Cross or you do not speak at all.

– Brennan Manning, The Importance of Being Foolish: How to Think Like Jesus, HarperOne, copyright 2005, page 171

The Cross Confronts Us with the Cost of Discipleship

The Cross confronts us with the cost of discipleship, reminds us that there is no cheap Pentecost, and carries within it the living power to enable us to endure the inevitable humiliations, rejections, sacrifices, and loneliness that the journey to higher Christian consciousness imposes.

– Brennan Manning, The Importance of Being Foolish: How to Think Like Jesus, HarperOne, copyright 2005, page  170-171

The Cross is a Confrontation

The cross is a confrontation with the overwhelming goodness of God and the mystery of his love.  God is pleased when we work, he is delighted when we sing.  And the saved sinner sings “It is right to give him thanks and praise.”

– Brennan Manning, The Importance of Being Foolish: How to Think Like Jesus, HarperOne, copyright 2005, page 169

The Gift Mediated Here is the Power of Selfless Service

In his Passion, Jesus moves completely out of himself.  He is the man for others.  He forgets himself.  He is concerned about his apostles (John 18:8).  He tries to reach out Pilate. He comforts the women on the way to the Cross.  He pardons the good thief.  He provides for the care of Mary and John as they stand at the foot of the Cross.  The gift mediated here is the power to move out of oneself through selfless service.

– Brennan Manning, The Importance of Being Foolish: How to Think Like Jesus, HarperOne, copyright 2005, page 168

What We Must First Recognize

We cannot possess the mind of Christ until we recognize ourselves as forgiven enemies of God and in like manner extend forgiveness and reconciliation to our own enemies, Jesus Christ crucified is not merely a heroic example to the church; he is the power of God, a living force transforming our lives through his Word.

– Brennan Manning, The Importance of Being Foolish: How to Think Like Jesus, HarperOne, copyright 2005, page 166

Death Has Been Deprived of Its Power

The death of Jesus has deprived death of its power to separate us from God.  His death did not cut him off from God.  Since the Father retains his communion with Jesus in the latter’s death on the Cross, death has lost its power to detach from God.  Consequently, fellowship with God is open to all [people] whose life has ended in death.  God’s love for the world is made palpable in Jesus.

– Wolfhart Pannenberg

as quoted by Brennan Manning, The Importance of Being Foolish: How to Think Like Jesus, HarperOne, copyright 2005, page 165-166

Which Life are You Destined to Live?

Without the Holy Spirit meditated through the Cross of Jesus, we are destined to lives of fear, addiction and pain.  But when we grasp the reality of the Cross and sublimate all to the will of the Holy Spirit, we tap into the rich vein of golden treasure available through the Spirit of God.

– Brennan Manning, The Importance of Being Foolish: How to Think Like Jesus, HarperOne, copyright 2005, page 165

The Life of the Christian is not the Imitation of a Dead Hero

The power and wisdom of the God is singularly manifested in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Is it really surprising that from Jesus’s greatest act of love would flow his greatest power?  The life of the Christian is not the imitation of a dead hero.  The Christian lives in Christ, and Christ lives in the Christian through the Holy Spirit.  We are empowered to live new lives where sin has no place.  If we do not, we frustrate the power of the paschal mystery by our refusal of faith in the power.

– Brennan Manning, The Importance of Being Foolish: How to Think Like Jesus, HarperOne, copyright 2005, page 164-165

There Are Two Surefire Ways for Christians to Deprive Themselves

There are two surefire ways for Christians to deprive themselves of the power and wisdom of the Cross and therefore miss out on its transformative force.  The first is to intellectualize the Passion, to speak of it in pedantic tones of the soteriological value of Jesus’s redemptive death.  This approach tones it down and wraps it up in a defensive cover that marks it for the mind only….The second way is to mineralize the Passion.  You know that calm, familiar naked man hanging on a crucifix.  By having turned him into a gold, silver, bronze, or marble object, we have freed ourselves from his agony and death as a man.

– Brennan Manning, The Importance of Being Foolish: How to Think Like Jesus, HarperOne, copyright 2005, page 158-160