Posted by Moira Ahearne Parkinson

Welcome to Mid-Week E-Lift —

a Message in the Midst of a Busy Week



“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 1 Cor. 6:19″
LISTEN TO: Alanis Morrisette, covering Joan Osbourne:
‘What if God was One of Us”

The Christian faith is based on a radical premise: God took on human flesh, in Jesus. Jesus embraced our life: he saw, through human eyes the impact of sin, manipulation and greed. He also saw love, sacrifice, happiness and joy. Life in its fullness. Jesus experienced us in our struggles to do right, our failures to live up to our values. Jesus willingly took on suffering, our sinfulness, accepted the cross as a result of unflinching love. Because he become one of us. The power of Divine Love raised Jesus, and through him, he”gave (to them — us he the right to become children of God, even to them that believe on his name (John 1:12).”

The Christian faith is based on a radical premise. The power of Christ’s love in us can transform us — turn us from self-centeredness to other-centeredness. It can transform the scars of brokenness to become agents of healing for others. By letting in Jesus’ holy presence “we are becoming more like him with ever-increasing glory by the Lord’s Spirit. 2 Cor 3:18.” We do not have to remain chained to bitterness, envy, apathy,judgmentalism, despair — whatever our issues are. As we learn to love, as Jesus did, we are transformed; our priorities fall into line with those of Jesus.

The Christian faith is based on a radical premise. As we surrender to love, our eyes are opened to the world around us. Our vision becomes holy. It feels the burdens of the world. It is touched by the beauty of creation. We do not see strangers, but brothers and sisters — we see the face of Jesus everywhere we go. Our hearts become tender to God’s mercy and redemptive purposes.

The Christian faith is based on a radical premise. That Love will triumph over death, and it is Love, lived in Christ, that has the power to save us, and save our world — if we would but submit our hearts to Love. The Priest/Scientist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin once wrote:
Someday, after we have mastered the winds, the waves,
the tide and gravity, we shall harness for God
the energies of love. Then, for the second time in the
history of the world, humans will have discovered fire.

What a fire that will be — a fire to burn away poverty, hatred, war — a fire to burn away all lies and deceit, and a fire to cleanse us and free us from sin. That’s our radical premise. Someday, we will harness for God the energies of love, in God’s holy name. We start today, the enterprise of love, that Jesus calls us to every minute of every day. Be God’s agent of love, to whatever situation you are sent to. Because Our faith’s radical premise is that through God’s grace, we can witness to a new world, built on God’s vision “they kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” That’s our radical premise. Let us never forget!

PRAY: “Oh God, you became one of us so that we might learn to love like you. Today, help us to love like Jesus and see the world through divine eyes.”