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our good fortune
and our affluence,
and in spite of all our knowledge,
and our technologies,
we seek something more.
Is it simply happiness?
Is it merely contentment?
Is it not an ultimate meaning?
Are we not each seeking
to resolve all the paradoxes
and the contradictions
in our lives so that
we make sense to ourselves?
For all of us there is this constant
temptation to distraction.
We want to be entertained.
We want to forget the hurts.
We want to forget the things
we cannot understand or resolve.
Our lives are all riddled with mistakes.
The things we said when
we shouldn't have opened our mouths.
The things we didn't say when
we should have opened our mouths.
The actions we took with good intentions
but time or circumstance proved them flawed.
The actions we took in moments
of passion we later regreted.
Do we not all seek some means
of restoration of all these things?
No matter who we are
and no matter what we do,
are not all these things
universals in our lives?
Is not this face of Christ
also a universal in our life?
Does he not stand as the paradigm
of all that we are asked to endure?
Did he not endure the same and more
of anything that it might be
our lot to endure?
Word made Flesh!
What does this mean?
Is not the life of Christ and all the things
he had to endure the script through which
we can meet all the challenges
that present in our lives?
To find the answers in our lives
do we not have to come to know
the life of this paradigm and paraclete?
Are our answers not written
in what he endured -- in the flesh and blood
of his lived experience of both pain and joy?
Are our answers not to be found
in the multi-layered stories that he told
that lay open to men and women
in all ages the dilemmas, problems
and challenges that are to be found
in any life and in any situation?
As individuals and as communities
we grapple with challenges today
that seem millennia removed
from those faced by our friend.
We cannot approach this friend though
as a waxen model. He is resurrected.
He lives in us and we live in him.
What does this mean?
Does it not mean that the meaning
of his life changes as the circumstances
of our own lives change?
Does not the meaning in his life,
and in the many parables he told,
change for each of us as we meet
new circumstances and make new mistakes
in the dynamic situations of our time?
Christ is a way of life.
He is not a set of rules.
If we allow ourselves to enter into his life
do not we begin to find the answers
that we need for the challenges of ours?
His "Way" is never fixed and cast in stone.
It is fluid and dynamic. As we grow
and mature do not the rules and guidelines
also need to flex with each of us --
and at different rates?
Does not the answer have to be "Yes"?
The mind of a nine year old is a lot
different to the mind of a ninety year old.
The circumstances of a nine year old
are also a lot different to the
circumstances of a ninety year old.
Does not the "Way" accommodate
this flexibility even more subtely
than the way our skin accommodates
itself to the changing contours
of our form?
They say God is a Mystery.
Is not Christ the entry point
into this Mystery?
Are not the ever-changing insights
that we gain into our changing situations
through the Mystery of Christ
our entry point into this greater
Mystery of God that provides
the answers and deep peace
that gives meaning
to the many contradictions, challenges,
dilemmas and paradoxes we have
to meet and surmount
as we climb our calvaries?
Is not our own great hope
to be found in the Resurrection of Christ?
This is not some fairy tale.
Is it not an allegory of our own journey?
Does not our "spirit" continue also
when our bodies are done?
Is not our hope that
in our new life of the spirit
we will at last see the meaning of our life
Is it not true that we all hope one day
to understand all the things
that didn't make sense in our lives?
Is not this ultimate reconciliation
of all things and all thoughts
and all feelings and all relationships
our one great unfulfilled hope?
Is it not a reasonable expectation
that all will be resolved
in and through the Holy Spirit
when our apprenticeship to life
beyond time is finally over?