Thursday, July 04, 2013
Wednesday, July 4, 2013
The seventy-two came back rejoicing. 'Lord,' they said, 'even the devils submit to us when we use your name.' He said to them, 'I watched Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Look, I have given you power to tread down serpents and scorpions and the whole strength of the enemy; nothing shall ever hurt you. Yet do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you; rejoice instead that your names are written in heaven.'
The 72 messengers of Jesus did not know why they were happy. They really didn’t understand. But Jesus did, and it is easy to see him smiling as he surveyed their innocent ignorance and told them their names are written in heaven
Truth is that they had already experienced a tiny bit of heaven, which is what brought them joy. They knew the joy of giving themselves to the work of life, the labor of God’s Spirit.
They had released the power of God’s kingdom through their acts of blessing and healing. The wonder of the Almighty and All-Merciful had flowed through their hands and arms, their words and hearts.
They had tasted the very essence of the Absolute, cooperating and flowing in the currents of the Mercy whose name can never be spoken because none of us will ever really understand.
We understand only the wonder of the joy that fills and spills from the depth of our being when we share the blessing and healing and loving that comes from the heart of God.
The messengers of Jesus bubbled with joy at having cooperated with the Holy One by healing and lessening the destructiveness that strikes and mars the fullness of life which God intends.
They experienced heaven coming to the broken through their own hands and mouths, and because they, too, were broken like every human soul, they also felt its healing power.
And they were happy, happy to have tasted a little piece of heaven, happy to have carried it to others, happy to know their names are known in heaven by the One who is Mercy.
They knew this is what life is about, and nothing else matters half so much.
Pr. David L. Miller