What better day than Easter Sunday to return to the theme of ‘Voices of Harmony’!
Jesus lived, taught and loved for all of humanity. He came showing all of us who God is, how God loves and forgives. Everyone. Not just a small circle of Jews 2000 years ago, but every person throughout the ages and around the globe. There were, nor are, any outsiders to him. His life was inclusive of every outcast he met. During his last meal with his closest friends, he repeatedly told them to care for each other. He said that by the love they had for each other, the whole world would know about God. His parting words, ‘Father forgive them. They don’t know what they are doing.’, is indicative of the size of his heart.
And yet we still stumble along, dividing ourselves into denominations and not recognizing God’s truth as expressed in different faith traditions. The mystical branches merge, yet few find their way into those depths so much of the world remains divided. How much longer will we live that way? I echo the cry of a fellow Companion on the Way of Contemplative Fire, Jeremy, who seeks a ‘Soul-Awakened Humanity’. It’s time we wake up. It’s Easter! New Life…..for everyone!
This week I was drawn to the story of the empty tomb where Mary leads Peter and John back to the garden to show them what she has discovered. The doorway into the tomb where they have placed Jesus is open. What is inside? Peter hangs back. Would you run into an empty tomb? I think it’s a rather spooky place. Do I really want to go where there is a dead body?
As I pondered the story this week, I began to see the tomb as my own inner world. I remember when my mother suggested to me that I talk to someone about my inner life. I pulled ‘a Peter’. I was terrified by the thought of entering my inner tomb or letting someone else look inside me. What might be found!
Now we all know that inside that tomb there was light, angels and the good news of Jesus alive. It’s the same truth for each of us. We may fear what is deep inside us. There may be darkness at first. It may take awhile for our eyes to adjust, but deep inside there is light and the life of Christ. Each of us, no matter our race, our gender, our creed, our culture, our age is made in the image of God. Each of us is a child of God and inside us is the Light of God.
I long that this year more of us will enter the tomb and experience Easter. We will discover the Light within us and begin to live more simply as God’s Light-bearers. The world needs us to step up, to step into our full lives.
So…..as you approach the tomb….what is your response? Do you hesitate outside…… peek inside….. walk or run inside? As you take a look within yourself…..what do you see? Who or what might help your eyes adjust to seeing the Light within? Maybe Contemplative Fire, an inclusive Christian community is a nurturing home for you too. Take a peek. www.contemplativefire.org
Love and prayers for the Easter Journey within
Mystic in Motion
Companion on the Way with Contemplative Fire
Contemplative Fire Canada, Founder www.contemplativefire.ca
Society Member with Shalem Institute for Contemplative Living
Companion on The Rivendell Way