Richard Rohr – Jesus as Shape-Shifter

Shape-shifting in The Hobbit

Jesus is always on the side of the crucified ones. He changes sides in the twinkling of an eye to go wherever the pain is. He is not loyal to one religion, to this or that group, or to the worthy; Jesus is only and always loyal to human suffering. Jesus is what mythology called a “shape-shifter,” and no one seeking power can use him for their private purposes. Those whose hearts are opened to human pain will see Jesus everywhere, and their old dualistic minds will serve them less and less, for the Shape-Shifter ends up shifting our very shape, too.

Adapted from Dancing Standing Still:
Healing the World from a Place of Prayer,
pp. 89, 95-97, 99

Gateway to Silence:
In Christ all things hold together (Colossians 1:17).


Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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