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28th Aug. 2016 - 22nd Sunday of the Year C

posted 26 Aug 2016, 05:08 by St Wilfrid RC Haltwhistle

H.B. & Hw.


"Behave humbly, and then you will find favour with

the Lord”. (Ecclesiasticus: Chapter 3)


It is all  'humus ', of the earth earthy, creative and

fruitful. In other words, we accept that we are

creatures of the earth and our 'potential is infinite,

Of ourselves, we are nothing a great yawning

Vacuum. But accept the emptiness, dig out false self

that blocks the space called 'me' and the whole

Godhead rushes in. God cannot resist a vacuum.


Then it is rejoicing, exultation and the dance of joy.

The widows and orphans, the lonely and the

prisoners know how it works. They have nothing,

are empty and God rushes in, defender, provider and

providence and freedom-maker. The starving,

empty by definition, receive the generous rain of

new life, the poor having nothing, receive the

richness of divine goodness Our Psalm 67 strains

to say how it really is for us all by every inspired

metaphor and simile at the writer's command.


Jesus, on the other hand is straight to the point

"Every one who exalts himself will be humbled and

the man who humbles himself will be exalted"

(Luke: 14 7)


Everyone who "exalts himself' has lost the plot.

We block out the whole rhyme and reason for

existence if we exalt ourselves, whatever the pretext.

This is not to knock our humanity. It is to enhance

and respect our humanity, to see it and say it how it

is; how the word says it is. It is to recognise our

destiny. Divinity is our destiny but we must get out

of the way and make way for God. This is the living

process, the way that Jesus follows, the way of self‑

emptying (kenosis) that leaves the way open for the

force, the full force of divine love and life. It raises

us to our full potential and enlivens us with the

fullness of life.


So we are into another dimension. Leave the left

brain and let the right brain function. "We have to

move towards the instinctual point since left-brain,

reason and logic have served us so poorly at this

point in Western civilisation." (Richard Rohr, 'Simplicity', pg. 125)


Then we begin to make sense of the letter to the

Hebrews We are "first-born", 'offspring and

citizens of heaven, even now. We look at persons,

places and things with different eyes and know we

have "come to God himself and have been placed

with the spirits of the saints who have been made

perfect; and (we have come) to Jesus, the mediator

who brings a new covenant." A new life! In short,

we now live in conscious loving union with God and

that is how it is meant to be.