Life is meant to be lived in the moment. We have, through the millenniums, learned to live it backward. We turn our backs on things we don’t want to face. We stoke things down until there isn’t room for any more. It has been said the things we don’t reconcile in the moments come back to haunt us repeatedly until we face them and let them go.
Life does not happen to us; it happens for us. We were not given the gift of life, of earthly breath, to squander on getting and taking or causing pain or violence to others. That isn’t what the Master taught us. Every human being born on this earth, since the beginning, are children of God. We may look different, we may speak differently, but that which is housed in every container is of the living God, a spirit of His spirit. It doesn’t make any difference what our beliefs are, it is a truth.
We have become that which we use to abhor. There is such arrogance, hate, bigotry, hypocrisy, and so on and so on. We speak scriptures or religious platitudes that seem trite in the shadow of our actions. Our hearts, in those moments, seem empty of the sacred. We live in a world of brother against brother. We bully, we throw darts through our words and deeds. We gather on one side or the other in a frenzy of group mentality as we drive the nails deeper and deeper into the flesh of the Christ that died to save us from these very things. The carnal nature of ourselves.
Not one of us is better than another and if we think God is smiling upon us we better think again. We had better get out of our heads and move to the sanctuary of our heart. We had better look in the mirror as we spew our platitudes. Hate begets hate. Violence begets violence. We fear physical death when in reality we should fear soul death. We should fear the heartlessness of those driving the train. When we look at the least of us with disdain, when we relegate the many deeper into poverty because one side or the other deems it necessary for their success as politicians, when we would rather be in endless wars the tears of heaven are falling upon us coupled with the blood of the Shepherd. The evil one, through the constant noise perpetrated upon us, meets us in the wilderness of confusion and noise and through his followers pushes us closer and closer to the edge of our own destruction. It takes a heroic effort to stand back, to move out of our frenzy driven egos, into the sanctuary of silence where we meet our Savior and ourselves.
I am the “we” spoken of in the above words. It takes a gallant effort to let go of our earthly natures long enough to peer into the Chalice of heaven. To drink from the cup is pure Grace.
BEATITUDES OF JESUS
“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure of heart,
for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Gospel of St. Matthew 5:3-10