Crossing the Abyss – part one

Waves of demeaning entertainment wash over us everyday. We are surrounded by people with addictive lifestyles. Many of us suffer from a sense of psychological isolation and social alienation. Many people are sinking into a quicksand of poverty which is slowly choking their lives. We thoughtlessly pollute the environment. Acts of violence are commonplace around the world and in our backyards. Morality has become a private affair. Terrorism is rattling everybody’s nerves. In the Middle East, war is always on the horizon. Day by day our joy is being stripped from us. We are hungry for God, hungry for answers to our endless stream of problems. But our really big questions about God only have one answer: silence.

We live in very divisive times. The Catholic Church is divided; all of Christendom is divided, deeply so. Islam and all the other major religions are each internally divided. The Jewish faith, for instance, has three distinctively different branches, each virtually diametrical opposed to each other. Business is divided. Politics is divided. And no matter the sphere of interest, the loudest, most obnoxious and most extreme of voices are all we hear. And the chatter is ugly and bitter, laced with lies and hatred.

Perhaps the biggest division is within our selves. There is a great divide between whom we appear to be on the surface and who we really are deep inside. We all have hidden sins, stuff we let virtually no one see, not even our husbands or wives. So, we too are divided within ourselves, divided between our public and private lives.

For a nation where the majority of citizens are Christians, where is the Gospel in all the vitriolic yelling and screaming? Can you see Gospel values and principles in the way we deal with our enemies? Can you see Gospel values and principles in the way we deal with undocumented migrants seeking enough wages to feed their families? The list can go on and on: how we treat the sick and the elderly, how we loan money, how we execute prisoners, how we deal with racial matters, how we flood the internet and all forms of media, including television, with pornography.

We are familiar with the Gospel, but the Gospel is not familiar with us.

It seems to me most Christians “preach” one gospel and live another. We preach the Good Samaritan and ignore the poor. We preach the gospel of trust but lock our church doors. We preach the lilies of the field and allocate large amounts of our monthly paychecks to pension and insurance plans. We preach the gospel of peace but plot to destroy our enemies. We preach the gospel of forgiveness but build prisons. We preach the gospel of tolerance but are rigid and judgmental. We preach a gospel of unity but live in ghettos of separateness. We preach the gospel of simplicity but live in mansions. We preach the gospel of service but we want to be served. We preach the gospel of prayer but prefer to be entertained. We preach the gospel of love but easily succumb to hatred.

I am tired of the divisions within myself.

The best in us seeks unity. The worst in us seeks conformity. But it seems most people today desire conformity and have little interest in unity. Modern life is marked by division; we are separated by class, education, religion, culture, money and power. It is everyone for them selves and only the strongest will survive.

True human progress is not about the survival of the fittest, which is the case for the animal kingdom. Human progress requires converging, uniting. The more energetically we are united with others, the more our different creative gifts work together to reach new heights of human development and consciousness. We need each other to become whole. Human convergence comes through love. Love unites what has become fragmented and isolated. And in our unity we still keep our individuality, with each gift of life creating a beautiful particle that helps form the whole of life, the full body of Christ. God is unity.

God pulls us out of our isolation by showering us with the grace to see that our lives and gifts must be put to the service of others and all of creation. Through acts of sharing and serving which shall move toward union. In reaching out to others we are reaching up to God. We have not yet begun to tap the powerful and sacred energies of love, as Christ asks us to do, even to the point of loving our enemies. Through love we shall evolve to what we were created to be…fully realized children of God and heirs of heaven, which can be materialized right here on earth.


1 Response to “Crossing the Abyss – part one”

  1. 1 Kimberly June 24, 2011 at 6:52 am

    Thank you for writing and sharing these words with us.

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