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A Darker Side

March 15, 2013

7. A true sanctuary, even before the life to come, is a heart free from distractive thoughts and energized by the Spirit,  for all is done and said there spiritually. If we do not attain such a state in this life, we may because of our other virtues be a stone fit for building into the temple of God; but we will not ourselves be a temple or a celebrant of the Spirit.

On Commandments and Doctrines One hundred and Thirty-Seven Texts Volume Four

The Philokalia

When you care less about where you are from, and more about where you are going, the choosing of a world leader is not much different from having your next meal as the leftover of the meal before. In this, you may see what will be. What is striking is an understanding that the meal will transform in appearance. In the heating up, the oven darkens the food. The greens take on a disastrous color, and anything brown, turns dark. It’s as if the food harbors a dark side and is better shared and the world spared. However, we know that certain circumstances, in this case, the heat, can bring out a bad in what might have been a good.

In the making of an Apostle, the fare is fair and the Founder is rare. The Spirit has a unique way of chastening. The understanding here is that as we become further fit for being a celebrant of God, and become more spiritually mature, we grow new. Fresh. Virginal. And in time, we are the seasoning for what comes after.

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I was not surprised to read what I read on the pope, the man voted into Religion this week. He wants to return to the roots of the church. Well, I would imagine he would have to bypass the big bad Inquisition and the Papal focus, strip down to some unassuming garb and invite the poor into the Estate for some good old-fashioned DIAKONIA. But wait, wrong Church. Although, I must say, it might be interesting to see this root rerun. How does that look in reverse? Let’s scroll back to the inception of the Roman Church. What does it look like?  Was that before the Schism, or after? Do we unearth all of those bodies and breathe life into them? And should we then ask: You were there; what was it like?

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Let go back to the men and women called (yes, women, too, less you forget that in Genesis God made male and female in his image). I want to focus on a little understood incident having to do with our Beloved Disciple, John, my dear Brother. First, I think many would agree that God didn’t just give us a display of saintly beings and say: Here, y’all, be as these. What is more to the teaching is a demonstration of the two-fold message of the cross. This is something I call the Dynasties of the Soul, and within each Apostle was a message of two.  I look at each organically, and from this, glean the inner Mystery. In Peter, I see rock and zebra. In Thomas, I see swamp and hummingbird. In John, there is water and lion. Each personality harbored vice and virtue. Now, the vice is sometimes instrumental in establishing the virtue. As I like to say, if you don’t see the vice, how will you demonstrate the virtue. This is not really a question, but an answer.

I like to say: If you give them the answer, they will see the problem. So, in essence, this would be the reverse of what we see in much of Religion. If you step out, or step away (as a painter steps away from the canvas to get the fuller image, and to see how one part relates to another), you begin to see the greater picture.

Take our dear Peter … he was stubborn, desiring to NOT eat with those others, and denying Christ THREE times, but going on to become an Apostle of Christ, the Way. But what about John, what did he do that might have caused disparity, or what did he do that was instrumental for what was to come? Many know him as a younger man with his head on the chest of Jesus.

A question we might start with is: what behaviors of the disciples instigated behavior in others, especially one who is weaker in mind, heart, soul and strength? Jesus did say that one with them would betray him. Of course, we understand the person to be Judas Escariot. But, what was it that may have caused Judas to stray? In the Bible it says:

But whoever shall offend one of these little ones who believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.  18.6

Could it have been jealousy that caused Judas to choose incorrectly? This is something one might take note of. My observation teaches me that one behavior is very often responsible for another. This would be true in the History of Religion, I am sure.

John remained, and went on to be an instrument in the Book of Revelation.

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*Look up the etymology on Judas Escariot. I have always found the origin of words and names to be surprisingly forthcoming.

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