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Sunday, October 7, 2018

A Homily – Mark 10:2-16 ©


The Gospel According to Mark – 2018.10.07
                        

We Are One

The reading for today brings us to the heart of the gospel:

What God has united, man must not divide.

We should be clear about this, because on it rests the entire foundation of Christian faith and hope.

The greater truth is this:

What God has united, man cannot divide, and we must not even try.

While the reading for today begins with a discussion concerning the practicalities of divorce, and human relationships. In actuality it is a discussion about our fundamental relationship to God, and each other.

We are created in unity, with one another and with God. There is nothing we can do to tear that unity apart.

In John’s Gospel we read that all things were created in and through God, exist in God, by the will of God, and that without God not one things comes into being.

In this sense our fundamental, ontological relationship to the creator goes to the core of our being.

This is true of our relationship to God, and through God it is true to our relationship with each other.

Our relationships with each other are a part of the reality of our being, relationality is a dimension of our existence. Our relationships do not just include our family and friends. We are in relationship to every other person who is, ever was, or ever will be, even those we despise, even our enemies.

We cannot change this, even the power of sin cannot alter this reality.

Here is the truth.

When I say this goes to the root of Christian faith and hope, I am speaking of salvation.

The salvation of one is not possible without the salvation of the whole, because the whole exists in the part, as the part does in the whole.


What God has United, Man Must Not Divide

Some Pharisees approached Jesus and asked, ‘Is it against the law for a man to divorce his wife?’

They were testing him. He answered them, ‘What did Moses command you?’

‘Moses allowed us’ they said ‘to draw up a writ of dismissal and so to divorce.’

Then Jesus said to them, ‘It was because you were so unteachable that he wrote this commandment for you. But from the beginning of creation God made them male and female. This is why a man must leave father and mother, and the two become one body. They are no longer two, therefore, but one body. So then, what God has united, man must not divide.’ Back in the house the disciples questioned him again about this, and he said to them, ‘The man who divorces his wife and marries another is guilty of adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another she is guilty of adultery too.’

People were bringing little children to him, for him to touch them. The disciples turned them away, but when Jesus saw this he was indignant and said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. I tell you solemnly, anyone who does not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’ Then he put his arms round them, laid his hands on them and gave them his blessing.


27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Infinite, I and I, We are One



 We are sensory beings, conditioned by time, bound by space.

We are limited in every conceivable way. Embodied, we are organic machines.

Our understanding of the universe is wholly determined by our subjective experience, by our language game, and our cultural context, by the limits of the flesh.

What we think of as real, may not be real at all, just a figment of our imagination.

Nevertheless, what is ultimately real is discernible by us, communicable by us, to us, from one person to another.

Some argue that this is impossible, suggesting that each of us creates and maintains an individual, unique, and disconnected version of “reality.”

This is relativism, and I disagree.

No matter how compartmentalized, partitioned, unique, and individualized my understanding of the universe may be, we are nevertheless talking about our understanding of the universe, not ourselves. We are talking about our understanding of the reality that we share, the thing that binds us together as co-existing, co-creative beings.

We may each interpret the universe we share, separately and apart, but we did not create it.

The universe created us, unplanned, and utterly random, it gave birth to us.

We may each arrive at different understandings of the meaning and purpose of our lives, but there is meaning and purpose nonetheless.

The universe is the ground of all being, we share that in relation to each other.

I am not the source of my own existence. I am not complete in myself.

I am only complete in relation to the whole, the whole to which you and I belong.

I am not the source of the infinite. I am from it. The source dwells within me, dwells within you, the whole is in the part, is in I and I.  

We dwell within the infinite, awash in it. We choose our own way. We lend our distinctiveness to it. We are the co-creators of each other’s lives.    

I am not, without you.
To know one’s self is to know the infinite, and to serve the another is to serve the same.

Look closely, listen carefully…observe, we are not alone.

We are connected to every other being, at every other time, in every other place in the cosmos.

We are connected because we are.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

A Homily – The Gospel of John 14:23-29 ©

The Gospel of the Day – 2016.05.01

Do Not Be Afraid

Jesus said to his disciples:
‘If anyone loves me he will keep my word,
and my Father will love him,
and we shall come to him and make our home with him.
Those who do not love me do not keep my words.
And my word is not my own:
it is the word of the one who sent me.
I have said these things to you while still with you;
but the Advocate, the Holy Spirit,
whom the Father will send in my name,
will teach you everything
and remind you of all I have said to you.
Peace I bequeath to you, my own peace I give you,
a peace the world cannot give,
this is my gift to you.
Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.
You heard me say: I am going away, and shall return.
If you loved me you would have been glad to know that I am going to the Father,
for the Father is greater than I.
I have told you this now before it happens,
so that when it does happen you may believe.’

(NJB)

We Are One

God, the creator of the universe, God is present in all of God’s children, and where God is present God is present fully.

There is no division in the divine. The divine is inclusive of all reality, of every living being that is it. No-one is excluded.

Every person who ever was, who is, who will ever be, everyone is present in the divine, as such they are present within each of us, for each of us carries the divine with ourselves.

Jesus was the son of God, as each of us is a child of God; a son or daughter.

Love one another, as God loves you.

Do not be afraid, life on Earth is merely a passage to another world, it is the unfolding a mystery, beyond which we will all see clearly.

Listen to your sister, to your brother, they have something important to say. Each one of us has the potential to speak for God, to be God’s prophet, to be the advocate of Christ, and be mindful for within that potential is also the potential to fail.

Everything, and everyone, returns to the creator, in so doing we come to the understanding that we never left.


6th Sunday of Easter