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Author Topic: Rohr Meditations -- Week of 9/16/2012 -- THE REIGN OF GOD  (Read 3210 times)
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« on: September 16, 2012, 01:51:06 PM »

September 16, 2012


Richard's Daily Meditations

THE REIGN OF GOD

   
Jesus announced, lived, and inaugurated for history a new social order
based on grace and not on merit. He called it the Reign or Kingdom of
God. It is without doubt his most common message and metaphor, so it
must be very important. Maybe we would just call the Kingdom “The
final and big picture.” In the end, all will be found and revealed
inside of the love and mercy of God—for everyone without
exception—and for all of creation.

This now and not-yet Reign of God is the foundation for our personal
hope and our cosmic optimism, but it is also the source of our deepest
alienation from the world as it is, which is all based on merit badges,
and various forms of win or lose (at which almost all lose!). Living in
this Big Picture of God will leave you in many ways as a “stranger and
pilgrim” on this earth (Hebrews 11:13 [1]), I am afraid. Our task is to
learn how to live lovingly in both worlds until they become one
world—at least in us.

[1]: http://biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Hebrews+11:13&version=NIV;MSG;DRA;KJV

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« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2012, 05:54:24 AM »

September 17, 2012


Richard's Daily Meditations

THE REIGN OF GOD

   
The True Sacred, which is synonymous with the Reign of God, always
reveals that:

    *God is One, timeless, and inclusive of all.
    *God is above any national or group ownership or personal manipulation.
    *God is available as a free gift and not through sacrificing things.
    *God needs no victims and creates no victims. Jesus ends religion as
        sacrifice “once and for all” (Hebrews 7:27 [1], 10:10 [2]) by revealing the
        tragic effects of scapegoating, by what happened to him on the cross.

    [1]: http://biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Hebrews+7:27&version=NIV;MSG;DRA;KJV
    [2]: http://biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Hebrews+10:10&version=NIV;MSG;DRA;KJV

Jesus personifies this type of God and speaks defiantly in defense of
such a God. Nowhere is he more succinct than when he quotes the Prophet
Hosea, “Go and learn the meaning of the words: ‘Mercy is what
pleases me, not sacrifices’” (Matthew 9:13 [3]).

[3]: http://biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+9:13&version=NIV;MSG;DRA;KJV

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« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2012, 06:49:47 AM »

September 18, 2012


Richard's Daily Meditations

THE REIGN OF GOD

   
The Reign of God has much more to do with right relationship than with
being privately right. It has much more to do with being connected than
with being personally correct. Can you feel the total difference between
these two? The one encourages an impossible notion of individual
salvation and creates individualists, the other introduces cosmic
salvation and creates humans, citizens, caretakers, neighbors, and
saints.

The Reign of God is not about a world without pain or mystery but simply
a world where we can be in real contact with all things, where we can be
inherently connected and in communion with what Mary Oliver calls “the
daily presentations.” Then the whole world is our temple and your
church. Then we can realistically hope for both “a new heaven and a
new earth” (Revelation 21:1 [1]) as the Bible finally promises.

[1]: http://biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+21:1&version=NIV;MSG;DRA;KJV

Jesus is a consummate Jew and he was quite aware from his own Scriptures
that God was saving history itself, and all of us in its sweep—and all
of us in spite of ourselves, just as he always loved Israel in spite of
its constant infidelities. Salvation for the Jews was a social and
historical notion, not this much later regression into “How can I
personally go to heaven?” This gross individualism pretty much
defeated any real notion of God’s victory and “reign.”

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« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2012, 08:54:08 AM »

September 19, 2012


Richard's Daily Meditations

THE REIGN OF GOD

   
Jesus’ notion of the Kingdom is a different understanding of personal
freedom than that of most religious and secular leaders today. We think
of freedom as not having to do what we don’t want to do, but divine
freedom is the capacity to be fully who we already are, to develop our
inherent and true nature in God, as much as possible—really wanting to
do what we know we have to do. Only God can create that freedom inside
of us. A mustard seed, yeast, and light, that grow from within, are some
of Jesus’ central metaphors for the Reign of God.

Secular freedom only creates individualists, and private freedom, but
not a society. It never gets around to the common good, which is a
central principle of Catholic social teaching and the Gospel, which
demands from you and demands for others. Then you become who you most
deeply and truly are, a member of a family, a neighborhood, a society,
and a planet. If you are trying to “go to heaven” alone or on your
own merits, you are preparing for a place other than heaven.

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« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2012, 10:03:55 AM »

If you are trying to “go to heaven” alone or on your
own merits, you are preparing for a place other than heaven.


And yet, despite its official teachings, that is the emphasis the church continues to make. It's all about personal sin and what Richard refers to as "fire insurance" instead of an emphasis on relationship and union. All the "thou shalt not" stuff instead of simply "love God with your whole heart and your neighbor as yourself."  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 #5 on: September 19, 2012, 10:25:24 AM »

If you are trying to “go to heaven” alone or on your
own merits, you are preparing for a place other than heaven.


And yet, despite its official teachings, that is the emphasis the church continues to make. It's all about personal sin and what Richard refers to as "fire insurance" instead of an emphasis on relationship and union. All the "thou shalt not" stuff instead of simply "love God with your whole heart and your neighbor as yourself."  Undecided

Sing it, brother!

The emphasis on personal sin has fragmented the Body of Christ.  It's even a me v. them mentality.  It exceeds us v. them.  And if I do my neighbor good, it's not just because I am compelled to.  It's not because if one part of the Body suffers, we all suffer.  It is not even just that I care about the neighbor, but of course maybe I only care about the neighbor because I'm told I should.  It is because it is the "right" thing for ME, ME, ME to do in order to win heavenly Brownie Points for ME, ME, ME.

And of course, if I tell off my brother for his sin, then that A) puts the monkey on his back and B) tells The World that I Don't Stand For This.

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« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2012, 05:16:23 AM »

September 20, 2012


Richard's Daily Meditations

THE REIGN OF GOD

   
There are always two worlds. The world as it operates is largely about
power; the world as it should be, or “the Reign of God,” is always
about love. How can you live in both worlds at the same time? As you
allow yourself to loosen your grip on the first, you will gradually see
the inadequacy and weakness of power as domination or control. You will
then tighten your grip around the second, which is the ever purer
motivation of love for others instead of yourself.

Any exercise of power apart from love leads to brutality and evil; but
love that does not lead people to a whole new kind of power is mere
sentimentality and emotion. I must admit, it is rare to find people who
hold both together in perfect balance—who have found their inner
divine power and use it for others.


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« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2012, 08:09:51 AM »

September 21, 2012

Richard's Daily Meditations

THE REIGN OF GOD
Friday, September 21, 2012
Feast of St. Matthew


“Thy kingdom come,” as we say in the Our Father, clearly means that
the Kingdom is something that enters into this world or, as Jesus puts
it elsewhere, the Reign of God “is close at hand” (Mark 1:15 [1],
Matthew 4:17 [2]). Don’t project it onto a later world. The Kingdom of God
breaks into this world whenever people act as God would act.

When that can happen in terms of structures or groups, then you have a
taste of the Kingdom descending to earth. To be realistic and honest,
this seldom happens with more than “two or three” rightly gathered
(Matthew 18:20 [3]). It is the critical mass, or “leaven” and “salt”
who can and will change the world. This is Jesus' basic and first image
of church, yet it is found only in Matthew’s Gospel. It is sad to say,
but institutions as institutions can seldom operate at a Kingdom level,
except on paper and by occasional courageous decisions. They can also
educate, protect, and promote enlightened individuals, as many churches
and organizations often do.


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« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2012, 01:32:26 AM »

September 22, 2012



Richard's Daily Meditations

THE REIGN OF GOD


I hope you’ve met at least one “Kingdom person” in your life. They
are surrendered and trustful people. You sense that their life is okay
at the core. They have given control to Another and are at peace, which
paradoxically allows them to calmly be in control. A Kingdom person
lives for what matters, for life in its deepest and lasting sense.
There’s a kind of gentle absolutism about their lifestyle, an inner
freedom to do what they have to do—joyfully. Kingdom people feel like
grounded yet spacious people at the same time, the best of the
conservative and the best of the progressive types at the same time.

Kingdom people are anchored by their awareness of God’s love deep
within them and deep within everyone else, too. They happily live on a
level playing field, where even God has come to “pitch his tent”
(the literal translation of John 1:14 [1]).

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