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Author Topic: Rohr Meditations -- Week of 9/2/2012 -- COMPASSIONATE ACTION  (Read 2140 times)
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« on: September 02, 2012, 01:05:05 AM »

September 2, 2012


Richard's Daily Meditations

COMPASSIONATE ACTION

   
The term “liberation theology” has a negative connotation in the
minds of some people. It sounds like something heretical, leftist, or
Marxist, and certainly not “Biblical.” In fact, it is at the heart
of the Judeo-Christian tradition and marks its very beginning. It is
amazing that so much of Christianity has been able to avoid the
absolutely obvious for so long. It probably reveals that the ego has
been in charge, not the soul.

We see the beginnings of liberation theology as early as 1,200 years
before Christ with the Exodus experience of the Jewish people. Something
divine happened that allowed an enslaved group of Semitic people in
Egypt to experience many levels of liberation from slavery to a
“promised land.” The Exodus became the standing Biblical metaphor
for both an external journey and an inner journey. If the inner journey
does not match and mirror the outer journey, we have no true liberation
at all. Most groups choose just one side or the other; very few choose
both. That is what liberation theology is honest enough to point out.

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« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2012, 09:14:48 AM »

September 4, 2012



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Very early in the Judeo-Christian tradition there is a split between the
Exodus tradition, which I believe is the mainline tradition of full
liberation, and the parallel tradition that soon develops in Leviticus
and Numbers, which is called the “priestly” tradition. If you read
these two books, they have none of the drama of Exodus, but reflect what
happens when the priests take over and try to organize and control the
inner experience and avoid the outer implications.

About eight centuries before Christ we finally meet the spiritual
geniuses—the Jewish prophets—who try to link the two traditions:
inner God experience and outer work for justice and truth. We continue
to have halfhearted divisions—in the form of Right or Left, liberal or
conservative, establishment or disestablishment, contemplative or
activist—down to our time. They really do need one another, but in
most of history, as in Judaism, the priestly tradition has clearly been
in control. The prophets are always marginalized. We always need the
prophets to balance out the priests, but they are not just pushed off to
the side, but usually killed, according to Jesus (Matthew 23:29-31 [1]).
Which is exactly what happens to Jesus himself, with the full
cooperation of the priestly class. How can we miss this message?

[1]: http://biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+23:29-31&version=NIV;MSG;DRA;KJV


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« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2012, 09:25:34 AM »

If you read these two books, they have none of the drama of Exodus, but reflect what
happens when the priests take over and try to organize and control the
inner experience and avoid the outer implications.


It would seem that a large part of the traditionalist movement is centered around trying to take us back to the priests controlling everything while the prophets are again silenced.

It is more than ironic that it is the priests giving into the temptation to power that makes them most likely to crucify the message of Jesus they see as a threat to that power.  Undecided
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This is the effect of true charity, to be on good terms with all men, to consider no one your enemy, and to live at peace with those who hate peace.--Robert Bellarmine
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« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2012, 06:44:37 AM »

September 5, 2012


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The terms “Right” and “Left” came from the Estates General in
France. It’s interesting that we now use them as our basic political
terms. On the left sat the ordinary people, on the right sat the
nobility and the clergy! (What were the clergy doing over there?!)
I think you see the pattern, despite Jesus’ clear and consistent
identification with the outsiders and the poor.

In most of history you will invariably have these two movements, because
we didn’t have the phenomenon of the middle class until very recently.
The vast majority of people in all of human history have been poor, as
it was in Jesus’ time. Yet the people who wrote books and controlled
the institutions have almost always been on the Right. Much of history
has been read and interpreted from the side of the “winners,” or the
Right, except for the unique revelation called the Bible, which is an
alternative history from the side of the enslaved, the dominated, the
oppressed, and the poor, leading up to the totally scapegoated Jesus
himself. He tries to put inside and outside together, but is killed by
those entrapped and privileged on the inside.


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« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2012, 07:56:53 AM »

September 6, 2012


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When you truly know things in a spiritual way, the indicator is that you
also know that you do not know! Truly holy people are always humble and
forever beginners. If you are not humble, one knows you have not
experienced the Holy One which utterly humbles you. In any religion, if
you don’t see humility, you know it’s not on the right course.

The prophets are always calling Israel to such humility. They represent
the self-critical and honest part of religion. Without such a prophetic
element, religion is almost always self-serving and idolatrous. True
prophets, however, please nobody, neither Left nor Right—which of
themselves are mere ideologies, and two places for the ego to hide.
According to Jesus, the “whole world will hate you” if you follow
him (Matthew 10:22 [1]). When you are truly prophetic, both the Left and the
Right will invariably mistrust and attack you. The Gospel position is
much larger than either of these ideologies, and is often a lonely
position.

[1]: http://biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+10:22&version=NIV;MSG;DRA;KJV


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« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2012, 09:10:55 AM »

September 7, 2012


Richard's Daily Meditations

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We see in the Gospels that it’s the lame, the poor, the blind, the
prostitutes, the drunkards, the tax collectors, the sinners, the
outsiders, and the foreigners who tend to follow Jesus. It is those on
the inside and the top who crucify him (elders, chief priests, teachers
of the Law, and Roman occupiers). Shouldn't that tell us something
really important about perspective? Every viewpoint is a view from a
point, and we need to critique our own perspective and privilege if we
are to see truth.

Many fail to appreciate liberation theology because of 1,700 years of
interpreting the Scriptures from the perspective of the secure clergy
class, rather than from the perspective of those on the bottom or the
outside. After Christianity became the established religion of the Roman
Empire (313 AD), we largely stopped reading the Bible from the side of
the poor and the oppressed. We read it from the side of the comfortable
and, I am sorry to say, from the priesthood, instead of from people
hungry for justice and truth. Now you know why Jesus said, “I did not
come for the healthy but for the sick” (Mark 2:17 [1]).

[1]: http://biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+2:17&version=NIV;MSG;DRA;KJV

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« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2012, 01:11:56 AM »

September 8, 2012


Richard's Daily Meditations

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It seems to me that it is a minority that ever gets the true and full
Gospel. We just keep worshiping Jesus and arguing over the exact right
way to do it. The amazing thing is that Jesus never once says,
“worship me!”, but he often says, “follow me” (e.g., Matthew
4:19 [1]).

[1]: http://biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+4:19&version=NIV;MSG;DRA;KJV

Christianity is a lifestyle—a way of being in the world that is
simple, non-violent, shared, inclusive, and loving. We made it, however,
into a formal established religion, in order to avoid the demanding
lifestyle itself. One could then be warlike, greedy, racist, selfish,
and vain at the highest levels of the church, and still easily believe
that Jesus is “my personal Lord and Savior.” The world has no time
for such silliness anymore. The suffering on Earth is too great.

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