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27th November 2016 - 1st Sunday of Advent A

posted 25 Nov 2016, 04:55 by Veronica Yarwood


 

H.B.&Hw.

 

Peace and rejoicing is our Advent speke. We have

been using this vocabulary for centuries. But

where is the peace and why rejoice? As one good

Christian said to me, "I think we are doomed."

 

The secret of our peace and joy is in the Gospel call

to "Stay awake so that you may be ready." "Wake

up. Get out of your mind. Be present." (The Power

of Now - Eckhart Tolle, P.159) Staying awake is to

get out of our unconscious stream of thoughts and

emotions into true consciousness. Then we know

our salvation is near. Then we know doom-laden

destiny is impossible.

 

We are meant to be truly conscious which is an

enlightened condition. This is mini-mysticism. It

is the unitive way. St. Paul talks in terms of night

being almost over. And it will be daylight soon.

We really do have to work at accepting the

salvation which is on offer now. It is not pie in the

sky when you die. It is now.

 

And so we will be eating and drinking, taking

wives and husbands and getting on with life. But

"of two men in the fields, one is taken, one left; of

two women at the millstone grinding, one is taken,

one left." (Matthew 24.39) The difference is

between enlightenment and not. The difference is

between living in conscious loving union with God

and not.

 

The enlightened, those who live in conscious

loving union with God, live in peace and joy

whatever is going on. There is no such thing as

doom for the enlightened. Their now is beautiful.

It is good, wholesome and full of peace. And there

is only the now for the enlightened, the sacrament

of the present moment.

 

And our union with God is pure gift. Our union

with God cannot be earned, merited or won. It can

only be received. It has nothing to do with being

worthy. That is not the issue. God's unconditional

love is the issue. St. Paul says to claim that the law

will save anyone is a lie.

 

We are into free grace. We live under mercy,

forgiveness and compassion, flooding down upon

us in the now of God-gift. This is how we arrive at

the primordial response of the Psalmist:

"I rejoiced when I heard them say:

Let us go to God's house."

In other words, when they told me about my true

self and my union with God, I was beside myself

with joy. Anyone who really gets the message

experiences spiritual lift-off.

 

It is about our spiritual wellbeing in mind, body

and spirit. We hold this being in common. That is

why it is not hard to love humanity. We are all

through, with and in the same being who is God.

No challenge to our individuality, just the reverse

Rather enhancement, intensification of our true

selves is the case.

 

It all sounds like total transformation. And that is

what we call religion, total transformation. That is

what we call peace. That is what we call joy. That

is what we call Advent. It is the gathering of

humanity into the perfect wellbeing of God's

kingdom; salvation in other words, now. And only

those who are awake and truly conscious recognise

the presence of this glorious mystery. The

knowledge and recognition of this mystery come in

our Advent preparation of prayer, abstinence and

sharing.

 

 

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