Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Be an epiphany
The way to any universal idea is to proceed through a concrete encounter. There are a number of ways to say the same thing: The one is the way to the many, the specific is the way to the spacious, the now is the way to the always, the here is the way to everywhere, the material is the way to the spiritual, the visible is the way to the invisible… we live in a fully sacramental universe, where everything is a pointer and an epiphany….
How do we find the Sacred?
How do we find meaning, or peace, or hope?
How do we find love?
Sometimes it feels as if we must somehow transcend this present moment
that we must leave this particular moment behind,
lose ourselves in mystery
to connect with such deep realities
perhaps we have it all wrong
Perhaps the answers are not hidden
up there, out there, beyond the stars.
Perhaps the answers are right in front of us
in a child at play
in a stormy fall morning,
in the touch of a hand
the material is the way to the spiritual
the visible is the way to the invisible
everything is a pointer and an epiphany
Jesus was a pointer to the Sacred
An act of kindness a pointer to love
A fall leaf, painted orange and red, a pointer to Sacred creativity
I need to see Sacred everywhere
But more, I need to understand the profound fact,
that I too am a pointer
and that people need to see the Sacred in me
in the way I laugh, play, serve, forgive, give
in the way I love
It is difficult in these times
when we all feel so powerless
to remember the “Scandal of the Particular” (Walter Brueggemman)
that this is how God has always worked
through Abraham, Joseph, Moses, David, Jesus, Peter, Paul
through you and me
may our lives be a pointer
and an epiphany