‘Recovery of something pawned or mortgaged’, so the definition goes.
Could it be that redemption is more than salvation?
Could it be that we could be in redemptive relationships?
Redeeming while being redeemed?
Could it be that we have an opportunity to be redemptive beings?
Bringing a redemptive presence to our workplace, our Church, our society?
Could it be that our non-awareness of redemptive fullness is robbing our reality of being redeemed?
Would our world not be different if we were redeemers, redeeming, as we are redeemed?
Could it be that redemption is not a moment, but a journey?
Gradually taking place?
Moment by moment?
Could it be that our western individualism, of which black Africans suffer as much as white Africans and Asian Africans and Indian Africans, has stunted our redemptive capacity?
Robbing our world of redemptive action?
And even redemptive religiosity?
Perhaps redemption is not so much about a life after this?
Perhaps it is about now?
May redemption overwhelm us.
May we be redeemed as our lives become redemptive, not to earn redemption, but to be it, in a reality desperate to be loosed.