As I pray this morning I am thankful for all the ways God has given me to explore and love this world . . . whether it is through the words of the Divine Office this morning that speak of Jews and the necessity to flow God’s commandment or its speaking of the centrality of Jesus’ message to all believers of all faiths whom the Church recognizes as also desiring to know and love God through their own traditions and practices.
But what is fascinating is that while I had “planned” last night to study the Talmud this morning – it clearly feels too legalistic and dry at this moment AND I also recognize how drawn I am to the latest photo I have on my desktop – a photo of the Pope in prayer . . .
Yet, at the same time my fertile mind also springs to Deleuze and Berman who look at all these traditions that offer salvation in so many flavors and creations of Power and Control and Fear that reject the very Paradoxical Nature of Life that flows and flows and flows making new, unthinkable connections every where and every moment – new possibilities of prayer and surrender and obedience and creativity within the flow that is life – one moment it leads us in one direction and the next drives us in another – when we embrace this flow, these drives . . . we embrace life . . . and we can embrace others (all others) who flow along with us, because as we breathe in this truth, we breathe in the fact that we are all simply part of these waves – and yet waves are all there is . . .
By embracing our frailty, our fragility, or multi-faceted, infinitely-faceted nature, which is the universe, we can breathe in the flux that is life.
Yet, is it only flux? Is all equal? Is all the same? Is all neither good or bad? This view it seems to me is true at only such a high level of perspective that we no longer are able to live within the details, the rich details of our lives – the details of the moment that makes life so wondrous – we cannot rise too high to see only the waves – we must also be able to dive down deep and recognize the life below and nurture that life that honors life and strives to increase and honor the flow that we each is a part and the whole of . . .