Readings for Dietrich Bonhoeffer 9 April
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad.” (Matthew 13:47-48)
The excerpt below is from A Great Cloud of Witnesses for 9 April
“Dietrich Bonhoeffer was born at Breslau, Germany (now Wroclaw, Poland) on February 4, 1906.
Bonhoeffer was arrested April 5, 1943, and imprisoned in Berlin. After an attempt on Hitler’s life failed on July 20, 1944, documents were discovered linking Bonhoeffer to the conspiracy.
On Sunday, April 8, 1945, just as he concluded a service in a school building in Schoenberg, two men came in with the chilling summons, “Prisoner Bonhoeffer . . . come with us.” He said to another prisoner, “This is the end. For me, the beginning of life.” Bonhoeffer was hanged the next day, April 9, at Flossenburg Prison.” (A Great Cloud of Witnesses: April 9)
Matthew’s Jesus gives us the metaphor of discriminating angels doing the Lord’s work of separating the good from the bad. When will that day come? Today we remember Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a deeply faithful and religious Christian Pastor who decided he could wait no longer.
Every Christian has to answer for him or herself how, and when, they should act in the interest of the innocent. The hurt and or abuse of any group of people must be the concern of every Christian. God looks upon the heart and searches the soul. God is a lover of souls who seeks out other lovers of souls. Sometimes, hard moral decisions must be made. What would you do as a Christian if you met what you perceived to be evil incarnate?
No one, not even a faithful and loyal Christian, knows for sure what they will do in such a situation. It is for this reason we can’t judge Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Only God in Christ Jesus judges him. I believe Bonhoeffer, on the day of separation, the day of the angels doing the Lord’s work, will be in one of Matthew’s baskets.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying through and to the people of the Creating Word and then let us “Ponder anew what the Almighty is doing.” John Thomas Frazier Sr.