December 5, 2020

When we were kids, we tried to imagine what the end of outer space looks like.  Is there a fence?  A concrete wall?  A sign posted?  But again and again our minds refused to accept such a ridiculous conclusion, because we all knew that there would be something on the other side of the fence, wall, sign, etc. that would have to be accounted for!  This simple intellectual exercise is a good analogy for our human journeys.  At what point will we finally be discontented with the narrow space of our self-containment?  When will our hearts be restless enough for us to take the risk of living outside the little worlds we have created for ourselves?  How long will it take for us to realize that we were meant for transcendence and not complacency?!  We have only to look to the Cross, that boundary-pressing reality, which invites us to go beyond what we feel to be safe and secure.  Indeed, this Jesus, crucified outside the literal walls of Jerusalem, wants us to discover our true selves in this bold act of trust that puts us in touch with the infinite, where our true identities as children of our heavenly Father are realized.  So, the next time we find ourselves sad and depressed and feeling stuck in life, we should ask ourselves whether we have settled for a fence or a wall, then consider adopting the Cross as the pattern that will lead us to true life.  Ave Crux, Spes Unica!

5 thoughts on “December 5, 2020

  1. Fantastic! What is the “most dangerous animal in the world”? It’s what we see in a mirror. Overcoming fear to journey past the illusionary wall. Running into burning buildings has nothing on this.

  2. Because we are made in the “image” of God (Gen 1:27), only this bold and fearless encounter with the infinite will serve as a proper mirror. All the other kinds of mirrors out there produce an image that does not measure up to our true dignity and will thus only confine us and keep us stuck in delusion. Perhaps because of his contact with the Word-made-flesh, the walking, talking, breathing image of God who confronts us and challenges us to step out of the untruth of our lives, John the Baptist was free to speak the honest truth about himself: “I am not the Messiah” and “I am not worth to untie the strap of his sandal” (Jn 1:20,27).

    1. Thank you. I follow the will of God and believe because we suffer needlessly when we believe in something that we don’t understand.

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