Friday, December 23, 2011

A GOD-MAN IS BORN

Christmas is time for simple recognitions:  family, friends, giving and receiving cards, meals, renewing friendships and enjoying chidren enjoying themselves.  Amidst the simple experiences is a deeper and sacred reality:  Humanity and Divinity are joined and we can never be the same again!

I think that if pushed, most Christians would ultimately say that Jesus was really more God than man.  However, the person of Jesus is truly as much man as he is God and vice versa.  This co-equality leads us to a place of mystery and reverance for our own nature and the nature of all humankind around us.

Let us not hesitate to rejoice, accept and celebrate the sacred humanity and the secular divinity that we are.  We touch the divine through the human and become more human through the celebration of the divine.  This is the ultimate Christmas gift.....and as we open this gift in our own space and time may we become more and more aware of who we truly are, today and through the New Year.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Dare to hope!!

Hope can be a misunderstood virtue.  A common understanding of  "hope" is a wish for future resolution or a positive conclusion.  We 'hope' to win the lottery, to pass a test, to be employed, to meet the right person, to have a long and satisfying relationship.  So many hopes and expectations are part of our lives each day.  All of these look to a future conclusion or resolution.

SPIRITUAL HOPE is a grace, a gift, that calls us to inner peace WITHOUT the desired resolution.  While we feel the hunger for resolution and experience the resulting emotional discomfort, we are able to live peacefully in the present and look to the future with confidence.   This hope is not a gamble, crossing our fingers and "hoping" for the best outcome.  Rather it is the willingness to rejoice and be glad (Isaiah and Paul) in spite of current disappointments and frustrations. 

Tension within our families and our relationships, disappointment with the economy both nationally and personally, children and grandchildren facing physical and emotional challenges, present us with two options:  bemoan the circumstance and sink into despair OR accept the unresolved present for what it is and continue our journey in true HOPE, accepting the deep inner peace promised to us through Christ Jesus.