Making visible the beauty of Christ
Places in the world where the Holy Spirit waits to make visible the body of Christ, and even more— the Beauty of Christ:
Where there’s need for compassion.
Where there’s need for justice.
Where there’s need for mercy.
To clarify the mission of God towards unveiling the beauty of Christ through the Church, Martin Luther contrasted “theologies of glory” and “true theologies of the cross.”
People who perceive the world through “theologies of glory” generally see God in what we naturally see as “glorious.” People who perceive through true theologies of the cross however, seek out God’s presence in the weak, ordinary, lowly, and even ugly, so that God’s grace may flow through us— to transform the lowly into epiphanies of God’s glory
Hence, in his Heidelberg lecture, Luther stated, “The love of God does not find, but creates, that which is pleasing to it,” whereas, “The love of man comes into being through that which is pleasing to it.”
Luther also preached that God’s love “turns in the direction where it does not find good which it may enjoy but where it may confer good upon the bad and the needy person.” All this relates to Luther’s definition of sin as “turned into one’s self,” whereas “grace” is a “downward moving river.” Hence, a life “justified” by God is a life turned outward— to the world.