2016-03-20 Compassion and the Cure of Souls

Pastor Kris Cervantes:

In Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the peasant says, “Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government.” I feel the same way about the doctrine of original sin: strange serpents slithering around in trees distributing forbidden fruit is no basis for a system of theology. So, I don’t believe people are broken to start with, making it our job to care for them and somehow cure them of original sin.

I do believe that the world is a big wide scary place, and no one gets out of this thing alive, and we humans are great at hurting one another and ourselves. As Americans, we’re the privileged; we are the ones at or at least adjacent to the top of the “rights and abilities and opportunities” pyramid. But we’re still human, and we’re still broken. We still suffer and we still need to be healed.

How do we do that? Well, we’re not one another’s doctors. And we’re not one another’s therapists, either. We’re something different to one another. Any healing we do is a mutual endeavor. [Dr. Barbara] McClure states that pastoral care is a theology of presence, and being present to one another’s woundedness can be profoundly healing.