Zorba le Grec et Jesus le Christ kiwiconnexion practical theology
The novel Zorba the Greek has some great lines
about life’s riddles. For example, Zorba talks about God.
“The belly is the firm foundation; bread wine and meat are the first essentials;
it is only with bread, wine and meat that one can create God.”
It’s decades since I first read that, and my initial reaction was Jesus said the
opposite in his struggles with the Devil’s temptations:
“Man does not live by bread alone.” Both are right.
The children dying of starvation in or out of refugee camps
do not need talk of God. They need food and water.
The people who created their living hell need to come alive inwardly to the full force
of their cruelty. Zorba said,
“Show me what you do with what you eat, and I will tell you who you are.”
He, with peasant shrewdness takes us to the edge of the mystery.
Who are we? What does our faith really mean? Jesus said, “A new commandment I give you:
love one another. As I have loved you, so you are to love one another.”
With equal peasant artistry, Jesus has moved us deeper into the heart of
the mystery. We are inter-dependent, inter-connected.
And, just as much as Zorba, this is supremely practical.
We who follow Jesus are to be salt and light. Simple, powerful images which indeed tell
us who we are and, in becoming it, what our faith means to us.
More next week, same time, same place, from the Doing Theology Group.
I’m David Bell for kiwiconnexion.nz and the Practical Theology Channel.
Thanks for watching.