3/29/2013 Jason Grimes (C’14)
1 Peter 1:10-20
John 13:36-38, John 19:38-42
Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that was to be yours made careful search and inquiry, inquiring about the person or time that the Spirit of Christ within them indicated, when it testified in advance to the sufferings destined for Christ and the subsequent glory. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in regard to the things that have now been announced to you through those who brought you good news by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things into which angels long to look!
Therefore prepare your minds for action; discipline yourselves; set all your hope on the grace that Jesus Christ will bring you when he is revealed. Like obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires that you formerly had in ignorance. Instead, as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct; for it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’
If you invoke as Father the one who judges all people impartially according to their deeds, live in reverent fear during the time of your exile. You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish. He was destined before the foundation of the world, but was revealed at the end of the ages for your sake. -1 Peter 1:10-20
Peter makes a distinction between two kinds of tradition. The first has an ephemeral quality, it alters to suit the tastes of the society, this is what Peter calls “the futile ways inherited from your ancestors.” The second kind of tradition is that from “those who brought you good news by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things into which angels long to look!” Father Thomas Keating also distinguishes between these two kinds of tradition saying, “Tradition is not the same as traditions… One lives tradition. One expresses it in one’s life and in one’s reactions to life as a genuine response to Jesus Christ. Traditions are human interpretations and are often exalted above the love of God and neighbor” (Intimacy with God 6-7).
One lives the eternal tradition through attention. Those who passed this tradition down “spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care.” They did so by fixing their eyes on the tradition begun by Jesus and being receptive to the Holy Spirit. This is only accomplished through a disciplined attention and genuine fixation of the mind on the grace of God. “Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.” One who chooses to live their life in this way answers Jesus’ call to become holy.