Time robs us and robs us, and when we plead ‘please, no more’, he robs us a little more.

image5“Lay out the carnage, end to end, let them come and see. Let the depraved satisfy their burning curiosity at the sight of a fellow unravelled human being. Invite them in to sit and dine: Here, take and feast on this tired, wan face, worn and unhappy; come, drink of this heavy heart, borne with a thousand unfulfilled dreams.”

The Magazine (2012).

Excerpt: The Orthodox Heretic & Other Impossible Tales by Peter Rollins

Jesus and the five thousand (a first world translation)

Jesus withdrew privately, by boat, to a solitary place but the crowds continued to follow him. Evening was now approaching and the people, many of whom had travelled a great distance, were growing hungry. Seeing this, Jesus sent out his disciples to gather food, but all they could find were five loaves and two fishes. Then Jesus asked that they go out again and gather up the provisions that the crowds had bought to sustain them in their travels. Once this was accomplished, a vast mountain of fish and bread stood before Jesus. Upon seeing this, he directed the people to sit down on the grass.

Standing before the food and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks to God and broke the bread. Then he passed the food among his twelve disciples. Jesus and his friends ate like kings in full view of the starving people. But what was truly amazing, what was miraculous about this mean, was that when they had finished the massive banquet there were not even enough crumbs left to fill a starving person’s hand.

The initial shock of this story relates to the way that is inscribes selfish and inhuman actions onto Christ himself by twisting the story we all know on Jesus feeding the multitude. While it would seem perfectly acceptable to attack governments, corporations and individuals for failing to distribute goods appropriately and turning away from the poorest among us who suffer as a direct result of our freed, it would seem inappropriate to read such inhumanity into the actions of Christ himself. If anything, Christ was the one who demonstrated a life of joyful simplicity, radical healing and unimaginable love. Christ challenges us to look outward, and thus he should not be the one whom we condemn.

Yet in the bible we read that those who follow Christ are nothing less than the manifestation of his body in the world today (Colossians 1:24, 1 Corinthians 12:27 and Ephesians 5:30). The presence of Christ in the world is said to be directly encountered in the presence of those who gather together in his name. In very concrete terms, people learn of Christ through those who claim to live out the way of Christ. However, if Christ is proclaimed in the life of his followers, if the body of believers is thought to manifest the body of Christ in the world, then we must stop, draw breath and ask ourselves whether the above tale reflects how Christ is presented to the world today, at least in the minds of those who witness the lifestyle of Christians in the West.

Heschel.

tumblr_mcscht1rnq1r4j1uqo1_1280“To gain control of the world of space is certainly one of our tasks. The danger begins when in gaining power in the realm of space we forfeit all aspirations in the realm of time. There is a realm of time where the goal is not to have but to be, not to own but to give, not to control but to share, not to subdue but to be in accord. Life goes wrong when the control of space, the acquisition of things of space, becomes our sole concern.”
“The Sabbath is the presence of God in the world, open to the soul of man. God is not in things of space, but in moments of time.” 
“The Sabbath is a reminder of the two worlds—this world and the world to come; it is an example of both worlds. For the Sabbath is joy, holiness, and rest; joy is part of this world; holiness and rest are something of the world to come.”

collapse & creation.

Given my recent rumination on the life and spirituality of Pierre Teilhard De Chardin, these familiar words are now heavier with profound, new dimensions.

Stardust | Lang Leav

If you came to me with a face I have not seen, with a name I have never heard, I would still know you. Even if centuries separated us, I would still feel you. Somewhere between the sand and stardust, through every collapse and creation, there is a pulse that echoes of you and I.

When we leave this world, we give up all of our possessions and our memories. Love is the only thing we take with us. It is all we carry from one life to the next.

Pippa, Romeo and The Ghost.

In this house live three people: Pippa, Romeo and The Ghost.

The Ghost belongs to Pippa. He is the shadow that lurks within the interior cities.

Pippa and Romeo occupy the living room chairs, the bed, the kitchen. But Pippa’s Ghost, he chooses to inhabit the insidious places – walls and sheets, carpet fibres and cupboards. The Ghost prefers all the unseen places.

This, of course, is problematic.

Sometimes, he is so present that Pippa cannot bear the weight of silence. In these moments she can only take her edited self to Romeo.