Monday, July 26

Who do you say that I am?

I am because we are.
I am because we are.

Lenten Reflection

A collection of the lectio and reading done today

Your ways, O LORD, make known to me;
teach me your paths,
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my savior.
Remember that your compassion, O LORD,
and your kindness are from of old.
In your kindness remember me,
because of your goodness, O LORD.
Good and upright is the LORD;
thus he shows sinners the way.
He guides the humble to justice,
he teaches the humble his way.
-Psalm 25:4-9

“Always begin again.” 
-St. Benedict

“Come, come, whoever you are.
Wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving.
It doesn’t matter.
Ours is not a caravan of despair.
Come, even if you have broken your vow
a hundred times.
Come, yet again, come, come.”

“One key to differentiate life-giving humility from negating humility is the focus: Grace-given ‘humility’ acknowledges both the individual self and the Self that transcends each of us, while hostile ‘humility’ is entirely self-focused and, ultimately, consuming as it unevenly sees only the created and not the creator or that which sustains the created.”
-John Forman

Benedictine focus this week:  humility

Rambling Thoughts

Contemplative prayer today.  Major thought:  Awaken me.  It drives me a little insane languaging beliefs properly.  One belief I hold near and dear is that God is never away or that we are never away from God.  We can be totally oblivious or asleep to God’s presence.  But God never withdraws the holy, life-giving love from anyone or anything.  Never.  Ever.  Any psychologist will tell you that love withdrawal is a very damaging parenting style with children.  To not be worthy of the parent’s love, to be shamed by the parent, can kill the spirit of a child.  So the question is, “do we expect God to intentionally act in a way that will kill the spirit of God’s children?”  No.  A thousand times no.

Throughout the history of Abrahamic faiths, we have been working towards this languaging of God as someone or something outside of us that floats around depending on how we are behaving.  But it is not God that is floating around, it is our perception of God that changes.  It is the “Self that transcends each of us.1”  God is integrally involved in our very fiber of being, whether we hold that in our awareness or not.  The immensity of God, of the inter-connectedness of all being, is truly humbling.  Bishop Desmond Tutu says, “I am because we are.”  We are because I AM.

“Who do you say that I am?,” asks Jesus.  So I wonder, “Who do you say that I am?  Who do you say that you are?  Who do you say is the great I AM?” 

I wonder if the answer could be as simple and as complex, as “I AM WE.”

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