Psalm 19:1 “The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims God’s handiwork.”
Matthew 25:35-36 “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.”
It’s been quite awhile since I posted to my blog as I have been busy pursuing one of my new passions – nature and landscape photography. If you would like to see my images you can find them at Central Colorado Images.
I am experiencing my photography to be an important component of my spirituality, and I will tell you why. In describing who I am, I consider myself to be a Christian mystic. The primary focus of the life of the mystic is to first, not define God in dogmas and doctrines, but to experience the Divine in the countless dimensions of the cosmos. For me, the deepest and most profound meaning of the incarnation of Jesus is that the Divine is imminently present, not exclusively in Jesus, but in every atom and molecule of all that makes up the cosmos. The Christ-Presence saturates the cosmos. Richard Rohr calls this the “spiritualization of matter.” When John’s Gospel says, “All things came into being through him…,” and when Jesus says, “I was hungry and you gave me food…,” this is part of what is being reflected. We experience the Christ-Presence in the lives of others, especially in the oppressed, suffering and marginalized, as well as in all things.
The scriptures are saturated in both Testaments as to how the earth is filled with the glory of God from the mighty mountains, to the expansive seas, to the most delicate wildflowers. If we really take seriously the Christ-Presence in all things, then all things and all people are sacred. The only appropriate way to relate to that which is sacred is with respect, awe and a profound sense of wonder. Consider the potential this has to transform our planet, including human attitudes towards the environment, politics, social relationships and community life.
Perhaps our exploitation of the environment and deep-seeded fear and subsequent hostilities towards those who are different, in all the ways humans can be different, is that we have lost, or never had, a sense of the Sacred in all things.
If the Christ-Presence permeates all things, including you, then it is never not otherwise. You are sacred and are empowered to embrace yourself with respect, awe and wonder, and in so embracing self are compelled to embrace others and the whole earth – experiencing the Christ-Presence in everyone and in all things. When we come to an acute awareness of the ubiquitous Christ-Presence in the self, others and all things, then the commands of Jesus to “love your neighbor as yourself,” “love your enemies,” and other similar commands cease to be impossible laws to obey but rather become paths to the energetic activation of the Christ-Presence that is already within you. When we awaken to the inner Christ-Presence, love energy is activated and all that we are created to be and become, shaped by the love we see in the life of Jesus, is actualized. This is a dimension of grace we need to reflect upon and hold up before ourselves and each other.