Onto Perfection

Passages from one of yesterday’s lectionary readings and an insightful devotional series gave me a sense of calm assurance in a storm.  From Hebrews 6:1-3:  “Therefore let us go on toward perfection, leaving behind the basic teaching about Christ, and not laying again the foundation:  repentance from dead works and faith toward God, instruction about baptisms, laying on of hands, resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.  And we will do this, if God permits.”  Having a strong foundation for our faith (leaving behind “dead works,” faith in God, baptism as union with Christ, prayer, hope for resurrection), what is it the author(s) of Hebrews would have us do?  Or, perhaps the better question is, how do we permit God to do it for us?  Today I am thinking it might be something along these lines:  “the counter-intuitive nature of the Jesus-journey shows it is not at all about getting, attaining, achieving, performing, or succeeding (all of which tend to pander to the ego).  Jesus’ spirituality is much more about letting go of what we do not need anyway…  Jesus taught us the way of descent, which we later called ‘the way of the cross’…  [L]ive a simple life … a life lived in constant presence to what [is] right in front of [us] … an always present doorway to the divine…  [I]ntegrate the negative — forgiving and accepting the imperfection and woundedness of life.  [As Paul wrote] the supposed inferior or weakest are, in fact, ‘the most indispensable.'”  (Excerpted from Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation, “A Spirituality of Subtraction” (May 18, 2015).)

To God be the glory.  May we grasp hold of and share with the world His love that is “right in front of us.”

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