Crossing the Abyss, Part Three

So many people are obsessively concerned about salvation and the afterlife, but for the most part those concerns are merely distractions from this life, where so many are denied access to the basic things required to sustain life. More important than salvation and the afterlife is that we love God with the fullness of our attention and love each other as God loves us. If you encounter a hungry person, and out of your love of God, give that person something to eat, you have begun to experience salvation in its purest form. The road to authentic salvation is to empty ourselves of all desire except for the desire for God.

The God whom Jesus reveals is not a God consumed with power, but a God interested in relationships of caring fidelity, a God who is in solidarity with the most vulnerable and most needy. Jesus gives and forgives. When we walk with Jesus, God’s generosity is guaranteed, making greed and the frenetic pursuit of acquiring more and more of everything both inappropriate and unnecessary. Jesus gives us new marching orders: love one another. And in the eyes of Jesus, a brother and a sister is everyone, even those who don’t look like us, don’t act like us, don’t believe like us…and even those who make us uncomfortable or hate us. Jesus calls us to an alternative way of life, a way which says no to control, power and domination, a way which say yes to trusting in the abundance of God.

Following Jesus requires a lot more than learning abstract ethical and moral principles; it requires a change in heart, a change in the way we look at life. A heart transformed by the love of Christ is a patient heart, a heart that takes the time to be still and to listen. To see with the eyes of Christ, is to see the beauty of all creation, to see the beauty within ourselves and within each other.


2 Responses to “Crossing the Abyss, Part Three”

  1. 1 Sherada Marie Collins June 25, 2012 at 5:56 am

    It is Heaven ALL the way to Heaven. It is hell ALL the way to hell.

  2. 2 Joan Krebs June 25, 2012 at 8:05 am

    Especially to the ending, I give a hearty “Yes!”

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