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Author Topic: Rohr Oct 20, 2013 -- The Cruciform Pattern to Reality  (Read 849 times)
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« on: October 20, 2013, 06:01:38 AM »

Oct 20, 2013

Richard Rohr's Daily Meditation:
Seven Themes of an Alternative Orthodoxy

Sixth Theme: The path of descent is the path of transformation.
Darkness, failure, relapse, death, and woundedness are our primary
teachers, rather than ideas or doctrines (Process).

The Cruciform Pattern to Reality
Meditation 32 of 51

The Gospel of Mark is the shortest gospel and likely the oldest. In many
ways it is the simplest and clearest, and it cuts the hardest because it
is so utterly without frills. The more that commentators have studied
this gospel, the more they have found that the way in which Mark put
events together is trying to say a lot about the centrality of suffering
and the cross.

By the end, it is as if the entire gospel is an extended introduction to
an extended passion, death, and resurrection account. Mark is telling us
that this is how a life of truth and faith culminates in this world.
Rather bad news more than good news. There is a cruciform pattern to
reality. Life is filled with contradictions, tragedies, and paradoxes,
and to reconcile them you invariably pay a big price.

It eventually becomes evident that you’re going to get nailed for any
life of real depth or love, because this upsets the world’s agenda of
progress. This is not what the world wants, and not what the world
understands. Any life of authenticity will lead to its own forms of
crucifixion—from others, or, often, leading to various forms of
self-denial. Mark constantly brings us back to the central importance of
suffering. There’s no other way we’re going to break through to the
ultimate reality that we call resurrection without going through the
mystery of transformation, which is dramatically symbolized by the

Adapted from The Four Gospels (CD, MP3)

... love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
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