I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. No longer shall they teach one another or say to each other, “Know the Lord,” for they shall all know me….
Discernment is an act of the heart, a way of listening with more than the mind… when we discern, we are making space for new revelation to arrive without needing to force it. This is the soul’s slow ripening.
Christine Valters Paintner The Soul’s Slow Ripening, pp 95,96
How do we end up with so much hate?
How do we profoundly neglect the poor?
How do we marginalize people and treat them cruelly
How do we abuse power?
How do exclude the immigrant and refugee from our abundance?
How do we accept violence as a solution?
How do we do all of this
and do it while claiming to be aligned with the Sacred,
Why does this faith we claim with such passion,
not make us
Why does faith become, all too often, a weapon we use on others
rather than for others?
perhaps it is because we have hearts of stone
and have tried to impose holiness
through power and domination
through rules, and even civil law
we have made faith rigid and cold
a matter of earning God’s love
and then, from a position not of grace, but of merit
not of peace but fear
we have shut our hearts to those who are
less (in our eyes), who are
demanding they conform
demanding they “be like us”
but true faith comes not from hearts of stone
but from hearts beating
and hearts broken
hearts broken by our own failure and pain
and broken by the pain of the world
true faith comes from the slow awakening of the heart
and the slow ripening of the soul
as the warmth of Sacred love
until our now malleable hearts have space
not only for Sacred presence
but for, all
all the pain
all the misery
all the joy
all the love
all the people
when God is in us
no longer do we have to demand
“Know the Lord!”
No longer do we have to question
“Do you know Jesus?”
for our hearts will know
and welcome the Sacred One
and our hearts will know and welcome