taking the words of Jesus seriously

Irenaeus in the second century said: “The glory of God is a human being fully alive.” Have you ever felt fully alive? Like your life was on fire with the purpose you were born for? For Christians, the only place we find our calling is in Christ’s call, “follow me.”

Lent starts with us following Christ into the desert to find our calling in Christ’s. To enter into what Thomas Merton would call “a fasting of the heart that empties”…

Live Life – Week 1: Fast by Jarrod McKenna from World Vision ACT:S on Vimeo.

It’s significant to remember that Satan tempts Jesus with Scripture. What are the temptations? To save through something other than Calvary-shaped love; ecological exploitation, the violent power of kingdoms and religious spectacle that justifies what Dorothy Day calls ‘the filthy rotten system’. This Lent are we reading Scripture with and through Jesus, so we too can see only Calvary-like-love saves?

Lord may we say NO to the temptations that we might say YES to your nonviolent way of the Cross and live your love with Resurrection power.



You can get started with Live Life this Lent at www.worldvisionyouth.org

All videos will eventually be posted here together.

Jarrod McKenna is amazed by grace. A peace award winning nonviolence trainer and activist, Jarrod is now World Vision Australia’s National Advisor on Youth, Faith & Activism.  Jarrod with his amazing wife and son Teresa and Tyson, are three of 17 people living at First Home Project; an innovative community welcoming, housing and empowering refugees. Follow him on twitter here.

About The Author


Jarrod McKenna is the co-founder of First Home Project, a community welcoming, housing and “giving a hand up not a hand-out” to recently arrived refugees. He is also the Teaching Pastor at Cornerstone Church in Perth, was a part of initiating the #LoveMakesAWay movement, and is an award-winning nonviolent social change trainer, working primarily in the Middle East and Eastern Europe when not at home.

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