2020_007_2
Support the Café
Search our site

The Spirit of Truth

The Spirit of Truth

 

Today’s Gospel reading is very short, which is a good thing, since it is jammed with vital information. In it we are told that the Spirit, the Advocate, dwells with us, always available, and that in our love of Jesus we are one with God, alive as Christ is alive.

 

The thing that strikes me about this, today, is that the instrument I need in order to perceive the truth about God and Christ, my position in the cosmos, and my right relationships in the world is not my mind but my heart. Love is the lens through which I must gaze at reality. My mind can help me discern what to name things, how to do things, and how to relate them one to another, but it cannot tell me what is true. It cannot perceive the Spirit.

 

Seeing through the lens of love, I am in communion with all beings. Christ, who dwells within them, draws me to delight in them and appreciate how awesome they are — even the lethal ones, like rattlesnakes, which I try to keep at a distance. Loving them, I feel Christ’s love pour through me. And I’m in the mix too, valued and cherished.

 

Like most Episcopalians these days, I have been forced to fast from the Eucharist. I find in myself a deep hunger for the sacrament that symbolically binds me to all the people of God. It’s forcing me to become far more aware than I ever have been of what I was doing when sharing the body and blood of Christ with others. It was a symbolic reminder, a profound affirmation. We belong to one another and are built to cherish one another. In the Eucharist I experience the world through the lens of love.

 

The essence of the Eucharist is the celebration of Christ’s willingness to commune with us. We focus on that awareness and allow it to inform us. We learn through the lens of love that Christ is in God and we are in Christ and Christ is in us. This is a change of awareness that takes us out of “the world” and puts us ever at odds with ordinary thinking.

 

So I wonder. What gestures can we make, here in this time of fasting, that remind us of and ground us in this reality? Because we sure need them. At least, I do.

 

Dislike (0)
Facebooktwitterpinterestlinkedinmail

Café Comments?

Our comment policy requires that you use your real first and last names and provide an email address (your email will not be published). Comments that use non-PG rated language, include personal attacks, that are not provable as fact or that we deem in any way to be counter to our mission of fostering respectful dialogue will not be posted.

Facebooktwitterrss
Support the Café
Past Posts
2020_001
2020_007_1
2020_008

The Episcopal Café seeks to be an independent voice, reporting and reflecting on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican tradition.  The Café is not a platform of advocacy, but it does aim to tell the story of the church from the perspective of Progressive Christianity.  Our collective sympathy, as the Café, lies with the project of widening the circle of inclusion within the church and empowering all the baptized for the role to which they have been called as followers of Christ.

The opinions expressed at the Café are those of individual contributors, and, unless otherwise noted, should not be interpreted as official statements of a parish, diocese or other organization. The art and articles that appear here remain the property of their creators.

All Content  © 2017 Episcopal Café