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21st Sunday of the Year C

posted 21 Aug 2016, 13:43 by Veronica Yarwood

22nd August 2016

 H.B. and Hw.

 

"But, Father, where's it all going to end?" The comment-question of a worried, fearful person who has not read his Trito Isaiah! Despite all appearances we are taken up in a universal cosmic in-gathering. Despite all appearances we are riding the advent of a new heaven and a new earth

 

The pain, suffering and apparent loss of all we hold precious are but the birth pangs of this advent and in-gathering. Indeed all the undoubted crises become opportunities if we respond out of a deep Christian conviction that all will be well

 

It takes conversion   We need to be converted to belief in universal salvation Universal salvation is the effect of power. It’s the effect of God-power making whole and well all that's" negative, corrosive and damaging to our human existence

 

Salvation is God's dream that each of us become fully integrated, fully realised persons, totally in tune with God's creative Spirit. And the great thing about divine dreams is that they all come true.

 

All a far cry from fundamentalist ideas of atonement and notions of infinite sacrifice in reparation for our human failure. Indeed if grace is God's unconditional loving involvement, in our lives, can that really ever be lost?

 

Doubtless we do miss the point of life and living, miss it by a mile very often, get it all very seriously wrong People get badly hurt and damaged down through the ages and across the biosphere. But grace is always present to heal and renew and restore hope on a universal scale

 

Hence the vision. Hence our Christian vision of cosmic in-gathering and of the advent of a New Heaven and a New Earth. Hence our vision of universal salvation

 

We can but pray the Psalmist's prayer:

“0 praise the Lord, all you nations,

acclaim him, all you peoples'

Strong is his love for us;

he is faithful for ever."

 

And THAT'S where it all ends, universal salvation! So "Go out to the whole world, proclaim the Good News."

 

22nd August 2016 – 21st Sunday of the Year C

 H.B. and Hw.

 

"But, Father, where's it all going to end?" The comment-question of a worried, fearful person who has not read his Trito Isaiah! Despite all appearances we are taken up in a universal cosmic in-gathering. Despite all appearances we are riding the advent of a new heaven and a new earth

 

The pain, suffering and apparent loss of all we hold precious are but the birth pangs of this advent and in-gathering. Indeed all the undoubted crises become opportunities if we respond out of a deep Christian conviction that all will be well

 

It takes conversion   We need to be converted to belief in universal salvation Universal salvation is the effect of power. It’s the effect of God-power making whole and well all that's" negative, corrosive and damaging to our human existence

 

Salvation is God's dream that each of us become fully integrated, fully realised persons, totally in tune with God's creative Spirit. And the great thing about divine dreams is that they all come true.

 

All a far cry from fundamentalist ideas of atonement and notions of infinite sacrifice in reparation for our human failure. Indeed if grace is God's unconditional loving involvement, in our lives, can that really ever be lost?

 

Doubtless we do miss the point of life and living, miss it by a mile very often, get it all very seriously wrong People get badly hurt and damaged down through the ages and across the biosphere. But grace is always present to heal and renew and restore hope on a universal scale

 

Hence the vision. Hence our Christian vision of cosmic in-gathering and of the advent of a New Heaven and a New Earth. Hence our vision of universal salvation

 

We can but pray the Psalmist's prayer:

“0 praise the Lord, all you nations,

acclaim him, all you peoples'

Strong is his love for us;

he is faithful for ever."

 

And THAT'S where it all ends, universal salvation! So "Go out to the whole world, proclaim the Good News."

 

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