The meaning of life is found in its contradiction. If reality were symbolic of trees, then it is too close to our eyes to see the forest of God’s sovereignity. This is one of the reasons why faith comes by hearing. The Passion of Jesus resulting in His death on the cross unexpectedly set the sinner free. The visible and invisible realities of life seem bound by the tenets of physics proving that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Therefore be judged or loved as you judge or love. Does this challenge the Christian promise if Calvary wipes us clean from the opposite and equal reaction deserving of the consequence of our sin? No – it overwhelms it! However, it does challenge our definition of Christian discipleship. The very gift of life reflects the physics involved as we react and respond to romancing a divine will that equally decreases our reaction to our own selfish desires. The abundant life is a gradual awareness of wills that draws us closer to God’s beatific vision for our time spent here on earth. This Kindgom at hand is both our heightened recognition of Our Triune’s omnipresence and Kingdom building as it is joining hearts in community building. The physics of loving God and then loving neighbor are inseparable. For we become closer to the very love filling the Creator’s soul when we come together in fellowship instead of dividing by our theologies. Community coagulates in the life-blood of forgiveness. We begin to love God in Truth and Spirit when we care enough to realize what breaks His heart. Take the time to ponder what breaks the sacred heart of divine love. We learn to love as neighbors when we help unload the distractive burdens that tend to isolate others from what society calls mainstream. Without the gift of forgiveness and understanding its insertion into human history, unloading the weight of regret would be impossible. Community includes all; from the well-heeled to dirty feet. Community is born when we serve and wash the feet of another’s need like Our Master did. If divine physics holds true, then we all must help each other unpack as a community to receive the abundant Grace God is willing to offer – for naked we entered this world and naked we leave it. As much as life is a crucible of growing loyalty and humbling gratitude for the redemptive merits earned by Christ for our sake, Our Father’s unwavering faithfulness and the Holy Spirit’s jealous love of divine will, we are to also bankrupt ourselves of all types of rebellion that attempt to hide our nakedness. This is not earning salvation, this is our altar call to the Beatitudes. Paradoxically, the priceless pearl found in the Beatitudes is that the darkness of one’s reality is promised the triumphant light of God. The poor in spirit, the meek, those who mourn and seek justice, the merciful, the clean of heart, the peacemakers, and the suffering live the contradiction of abundant life by this triumphant light that shines through their faith. These are the marginalized that draw the girded faithful with a basin and water in holy service. Transformation is as much a personal work in progress as it is a community one. For it is the miracle of transformation which changes our core perspective into one newly aware of God’s perfect will for our lives. I believe St. Peter’s rebirth truly took place not when he proclaimed, “Thou art the Christ,” (Matthew 16:16) but when he grieved to answer a third time and say, “You know that I love you,” (John 21:17). It was only after St. Peter’s third confession in which Jesus helped him unpack the guilt of his third denial of his Savior to further encourage him to feed His sheep. This transformative miracle is a legacy that is humanity’s heirloom of hope passed from one generation to the next. Not only does God choose to work through the lowly, He allows us to mysteriously participate in His redemptive plan. Although this participation is not earning salvation in regards of self-accomplishing the incorruptible merit of Christ’s salvific work at Calvary, it is, however, the gift of free will acting undeniably as a causative agent in determining the home for our soul. I believe the free will that chooses or allows to unpack, not only experiences the abundant hope due to God’s omnipresent Grace, but also chooses to be saved. Even the thief on the cross chose to be saved – he chose to unpack.
What’s your take on the meaning of life’s contradiction?
Have you experienced or helped another unpack their burden at the cross?
Please help me define how discipleship should respond in light of the radical love displayed by Jesus.