The Inner Light
(Belongs to no one, but to all)
May 19—Paris. In the metro. “I am the Host. You are the monstrance.
The golden rays are the blessings I give through you.”
Bossis, Gabrielle. He and I (Kindle Locations 352-353).|
Pauline Books and Media. Kindle Edition.
Jesus said that he is in the ones that we would normally hate. In the downtrodden, the poor, those on the fringe. Yet as soon as we begin to hate any group, they also belong to those on the outer edges. To see that all humans are called to incarnate Christ, or to allow Christ to incarnate in them, is perhaps the only way to overcome the implicit prejudices that seem to plague mankind. Each human being I believe is a revelation of the infinite, we just do not know it.
What are we? We are not accidents, we are creatures with deep interior lives, who have a sense of justice, and a desire for beauty and knowledge. We seek meaning, and I believe that the seeking a deep spiritual connection with others as well as with the infinite, does set us apart. We are not at home in this world, we are always seeking more, yet the longing is not fulfilled.
Jesus was betrayed, abandoned by his followers, and denied by Peter, tortured, mocked, killed, yet he forgave. I doubt there is any human who could do that, but only Christ Jesus. He shows us what it means to be human. We are still fearful primates seeking to find a way to become more human. Well, we did not create ourselves, our very existence is a grace, a gift, so it is with our inner, deep spiritual selves, and we are healed and created anew by grace. I see this in the lives of all that I meet, those who believe as I do, and those who don't. Why? Well, the Infinite is beyond us, the love something yet to be understood or fully experienced, Christ Jesus called it "Father".
I believe our deepest longing is to be seen truly and yet accepted, healed and loved. I am not being sentimental, what Jesus went through was not some sort of fuzzy love, but something stronger than death. When he died, it was over, he was a failure, yet in the end, all of our thoughts on how things should work, were wrong, he rose from the dead, fully human, our brother as well as our God. He is no myth, millions attest to that by their lives as well as by their experiences. Our capacity to absorb this light, this love, depends on our openness to grace. No one is excluded, no one……unless they make a free choice, another burden that we carry. To love truly is a choice, to accept it freely, a choice as well.—Br.MD