Celebrating Sabbath

What is salvation? Father Richard Rohr offers this fascinating take:

God-in-you already knows, loves, and serves God in everything else. All you can do is fully jump on board.

I would call that jump consciousness, and I believe the Risen Christ is the icon of full consciousness. In the human mind of Christ, every part of creation knows itself as (1) divinely conceived, (2) beloved of God, (3) crucified, and (4) finally reborn. He carries us across with him, assures us it is okay, and thus models the full journey and final direction of consciousness. That is my major thesis about how Jesus “saves us.” []

Celebrating Sabbath

More wise words from Father Richard Rohr. Reading his daily meditations helps me root each day in scripture, in truth, in God’s love.

All of Jesus’ guidance for ministry, his seeming “tips for the road,” are very concrete and interpersonal. They are all about putting people in touch with specific people, and especially with people’s pain. Person-to-person is the way the Gospel was originally communicated. Person-in-love-with-person, person-respecting-person, person-forgiving-person, person-touching-person, person-crying-with-person, person-hugging-person, person-hurting-person: that’s where the Divine Presence is so beautifully revealed. []


Celebrating Sabbath

More wisdom from St. Francis via Father Richard Rohr:

Overcoming the split of the mind from the body was probably easier for St. Francis because he wasn’t an intellectual. He was almost anti-intellectual because he saw what it did to so many clergy. They couldn’t touch reality anymore. They confused words with reality. Don’t fall in love with words. To this day, most of our arguments are over “your” words in agreement with “my” words. We have burned people at the stake for not having the right words. So, the alternative orthodoxy that is emerging is orthopraxy instead of verbal orthodoxy—lifestyle instead of just saying the right words.

The hegemony of the gnostic beliefs (mind-over-body, words-over-action, salvation-as-escaping-this-realm) is perhaps the most destructive influence of the Enlightenment upon the Church. Knocking those beliefs from pride of place is why I am so adamant about intentionally examining our religious practices, giving rise to my Redefining Liturgy sermon series.