God determined that the only way to demonstrate the unity of matter and spirit, to awaken us to God’s spiritual presence in all that is required something more than parting seas, manna and quail from heaven, victory in battle and speaking God’s truth through prophets. It required God to be self-revealed in human form. God needed to become one of us to show the unity of the material and spiritual. Fr. Rohr says it this way:
“Jesus came to reveal the dualism of the spiritual and so-called secular as untrue and incomplete. By his very existence, Jesus modeled for us that these two seemingly different worlds are and always have been one. We just couldn’t imagine it intellectually until God put them together in one body that we could see and touch and love (see Ephesians 2:11-20). In Christ “you also are being built into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit” (Ephesians 2:22). What an amazing realization that should shock and delight us!” Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation, 12.22.19
Shock and delight, indeed!
As important as our personal salvation is, we need to understand that Jesus’ presence means so much more. Jesus’ presence fundamentally shifts how we see the world and our place in it.
In this oneness, we are the dwelling place of the Spirit of God. We are the bearers of God’s light in the world for those lost in the darkness. We are the voices of God’s relational justice for the victims of injustice. We are the helping hands for those in need and fountains of hope for those who have lost hope. We are image bearers of Christ in the world!
But, we are not alone in bearing witness to the Spirit of God within. The whole of creation is of the essence of God. We will widen the incarnational circle tomorrow.
Be a blessing to someone today!