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« on: November 23, 2013, 07:52:55 AM »

Richard Rohr's Daily Meditation:
Seven Themes of an Alternative Orthodoxy
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Seventh Theme: Reality is paradoxical and complementary. Non-dual
thinking is the highest level of consciousness. Divine union, not
private perfection, is the goal of all religion (Goal).



One Great Incarnation in Different Forms
Meditation 15 of 52


Two thousand years ago was the human incarnation of God in Jesus, but
before that there was the first and original incarnation through light,
water, land, sun, moon, stars, plants, trees, fruit, birds, serpents,
cattle, fish, and “every kind of wild beast” according to our own
creation story (Genesis 1:3-25 [1]). This was the “Cosmic Christ”
through which God has “let us know the mystery of his purpose, the
hidden plan he so kindly made from the beginning in Christ” (Ephesians
1:9 [2]). Christ is Jesus’ title for his life’s purpose.

[1]: http://biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+1:3-25&version=NIV;MSG;DRA;EXB
[2]: http://biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians+1:9&version=NIV;MSG;DRA;EXB

All of creation, it seems, has been obedient to its destiny, “each
mortal thing does one thing and the same . . . myself it speaks and
spells, crying ‘What I do is me, for that I came’” (Gerard Manley
Hopkins [3], “As Kingfishers Catch Fire”). Wouldn’t it be our last and
greatest humiliation, if one day we realized that all other creatures
have obeyed their destiny with a kind of humility and with trustful
surrender? All, except us.

[3]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerard_Manley_Hopkins

It is only humans who have resisted “the one great act of giving
birth” (Romans 8:22 [4]) and in fact have frequently chosen death for
ourselves and for so many others. We have resisted and denied our own
incarnation as one representation, just one, of the living and dying of
God. We do not need to be everything to be one good and true thing! That
is more than enough.

[4]: http://biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+8:22&version=NIV;MSG;DRA;EXB


Adapted from Radical Grace, Vol. 23, No. 2, p. 3
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