Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Great crowds accompanied him on his way and he turned and spoke to them. 'Anyone who comes to me without hating father, mother, wife, children, brothers, sisters, yes and his own life too, cannot be my disciple. No one who does not carry his cross and come after me can be my disciple.
Much must be surrendered before we can follow Jesus. This journey is more inward than outward, although sometimes the inward journey comes only when life strips us of trappings and securities we thought essential to a good and happy life.
To follow Jesus is to find one’s identity and worth, one’s joy and peace in nothing external, not in reputation or success, not in the respect of others or the accumulation of whatever the world tells us is valuable.
To ‘come after’ Jesus is to come into intimacy with Wordless Love and feel that wonder at the core of yourself--knowing that One as your truest self, knowing that Love as the one certainty that can never be lost or stolen from you.
Jesus invites and draws us to know what he knows, the inner truth of his life, and to know it as our inner truth.
But we cannot enter this most sacred space when we seek ourselves--our peace and joy, our value and worth, our security, meaning and assurance--in anything other than this inner ground of love.
The great saints knew what Jesus knew. Their lives were grounded in this Love, which allowed them to surrender security and comfort for the sake of the Love within them. They could surrender themselves to hard and frustrating labors knowing themselves as Love’s cherished children.
This was the daily touchstone and stability of their lives. They communed deeply with this Love and found themselves there, content to know what only Love teaches, working, too, as expressions of the Love at their core.
They did not necessarily hate their mothers and fathers and families. Some loved them deeply. But they no longer found their ultimate meaning and purpose there. Their well being and peace was no longer invested in these relationships.
They turned from external sources of peace and freedom, divesting themselves of all that did not ground their lives and actions in the Wordless Love, who tells us everything we need to know.
Pr. David L. Miller