Our culture is one of pragmatic, practical usefulness. We’re always hurrying around, in a hustle and bustle, trying to get as much done as we can to prove ourselves worthy, productive, and necessary. But what does the Gospel say about all this? Is there room for rest, for margin, for beauty? There’s a strange event in the life of Jesus that says, “Yes, there is space for that,” and it tells us something powerful, not only about ourselves, but about God.
If you’re interested in going deeper with this sermon or would like to learn more about the Christian approach to art and beauty, check out Makoto Fujimura’s book Culture Care.