Just another traveler on life’s highway hanging out in the slow lane. It’s quiet. It’s peaceful. Beyond the horizon is rest calling my name. Green pastures, still waters, my cup overflows.
- A trust in inner coherence itself. “It all means something.” (Faith)
- A trust that this coherence is positive and going somewhere good. (Hope)
- A trust that this coherence includes me and even defines me. (Love)
Fr. Richard Rohr at cac.org names faith, hope, and love as the soul’s foundation. The author of 1 Corinthians 13:13 agrees.
“Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love – and the greatest of these is love.” NLT
Think about it. Every human being who ever has been, is now, or ever will be, receives equal and inherent dignity as children of God. We, all of us, have been created in the image of God. Jew, Gentile, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, believer and non-believer, white, black, brown, purple, straight, gay, male and female, none of the above, etcetera, the ancient wisdom of Jewish scripture (Genesis 1:26-27) tells us this is truth. That is our starting point, but, unfortunately, the human condition questions, disputes, and regresses to a state of prejudice in which the powerless and disadvantaged lose out. Even the forefathers, hallowed for the United States Declaration of Independence, when they famously declared “all men are created equal”, they actually meant all who are white, property-owning males.
Not much inherent dignity there, but at least it was a new direction in governing. It became ‘WE, THE PEOPLE’. That’s what Jesus’ ministry to the downtrodden, oppressed Jewish nation was all about. Do you really think he was planning to start a brand new religion or that, as many Jews were hoping, he was planning to usurp power from the Roman governors? No, Jesus understood that he too had inherent dignity as a child of God and that his purpose on earth was to lead others to also believe. He and his disciples, calling themselves ‘the Way’, ministered to the poor, the sick, the dying, the oppressed with a message that they too were worthy of a seat at the table. They too were children of God blessed with dignity and worth.
Although the religion which names itself after Christ has missed the mark of the message of Jesus in so many ways throughout history, it does acknowledge that faith, hope, and love (sometimes called charity) are mainstays of a Christ-centered faith. In the times of today, when not much of anything makes sense and I know the world is irrational, the rock of my spiritual foundation needs to be solid and unwavering. It cannot be built on man-created theology or a litany of ‘thou shalt and thou shalt not’. It must be an indwelling sense that has deep personal meaning, that gives me a positive path to follow, that tells me I am worthy of His love. Jesus is my rock, can be yours too. Has nothing to do with religion or church or theological correctness. It’s all about my soul and yours, nurturing that inner sanctum, and claiming our rightful heritage as children of a merciful, loving God. AMEN?
“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Psalm 18:2