When King Herod heard of the child,
he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him.
Beware the faith that judges the world
but leaves your own sin intact;
for God, who deeply loves us as we are,
does not intend to leave us that way.
Pray for the courage to love a God
who comes to remake you.
Let the Herod who sits on your throne be frightened,
and see in his fear his weakness.
Let your privilege be troubled;
for God who transforms everything
begins with you.
Be prepared to let go of the world you know and love,
so you may receive the world
you have not yet imagined.
Jesus says in the Gospel of Thomas,
Let one who seeks
not stop until one finds.
When one finds,
one will be troubled.
When one is troubled,
one will marvel,
and rule over all things.