Okay, here’s my try:
The hour is getting late in this universe. If we aren’t scared, we’ve either got faith or blind spots. I fear I’ve just gone numb.
If we find it hard to care about all those strangers whom we ought to help if we only knew a way… it’s probably because we really don’t know any way. There’s serious despair going around; we’re lucky if we haven’t come down with it ourselves.
Most of us are compulsively going through motions, some of us donating and others of us busy lobbying or organizing or protesting to keep the Forces of Shameless Cluelessness from committing yet another incredibly stupid atrocity, just wanting to believe we can.
While we often want to pray that some new evil be averted, we know that God has allowed the same thing over and over in the past, and shows no sign of stopping. We see furthermore that humans everywhere are persisting in just the sort of behavior that makes calamities unavoidable.
We’re humans; we have to either make sense of all this or at least imagine we can cope with it anyway. But the world only truly makes sense in reference to God.
Scriptures can be misused in many ways; their true value is that they remind us of God and lead us to see our situation in that context.
For the past several months we’ve been reading a scripture about Jesus, and we haven’t found too much to say about it.
“If you bring forth what is within you, it will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, it will destroy you.”
Jesus said that, according to the Gospel of Thomas. It sounds to me like something he would have said. Truth.
Come on, please! Someone bring forth something, from what is within you!
What is this person Jesus doing, so far? Why? What does it mean to you?