Primitive religion is not believed, it is danced!

Arthur Darby Nock

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
And only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.

Elizabeth Browning

Monday, March 12, 2018

All heaven breaks loose

“When we practice generating compassion, we can expect to experience the fear of our pain. Compassion practice is daring. It involves learning to relax and allow ourselves to move gently toward what scares us. The trick to doing this is to stay with emotional distress without tightening into aversion, to let fear soften us rather than harden into resistance.”
                                                                                      Pema Chodron

If anything it true about Jesus
It is this
Jesus came to reveal God's compassion

Which really ruined things for the religious status quo
Who were all about rules and merit
Who saw themselves as the gatekeepers

But Jesus came and turned this upside down
He was the great disturber

Which is why the way of Jesus (aka the Gospel) tends to be: good news for the poor
disruptive to the status quo
offensive to the rich
and terrifying to those in power.

Think about all of the times, in Jesus ministry when he overturned the “tables”
When he simply ignored the rules and rituals
And showed…. Compassion.

Compassion for the Samaritan woman at the well. She was considered impure by bloodline and behavior.
Compassion for the woman accused of adultery threatened with stoning. She was surely considered impure and the written laws said so.
Compassion for sheep who are not yet part of God's fold ( Who are those people in our communities?)

God, Jesus is saying, is accessible to everyone
God Jesus is saying, is love
God Jesus is saying, is compassionate

All people have access to God, because of that compassion,

But Jesus says more than that doesn’t he?
If God is about compassion, we have to be about compassion
That is if we want to reflect the fact that we are created in the image of God

The fruit should fall close to the tree

But compassion isn’t easy
It means we have to be open, and vulnerable
We have to go outside our comfort zone
It means we have to let go of so much that gives us security

And when we feel like closing up

We can’t
We just can’t

That is the time we become softer
More open
More forgiving
More generous

Compassion leads us into the unknown
Into fear
Into pain

And then…
All heaven breaks loose

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