We possess genuine agency as persons in Christ our life. Hidden in Christ we are formed as who we are. We are recreated in our true identity as sons and daughters of God in spirit and in truth. Spirit and truth means in word and in being.
Richard Rohr observes, “The cultural ideal of the Western industrialized world is the self-made, self-sufficient, autonomous individual who stands by himself or herself, not needing anyone else. . . and not beholden to anyone for anything…This is the ideal that people live and work for. It is their goal in life, and they will sacrifice anything to achieve it. This is how you “get a life for yourself.” This is how you discover your identity.” This produces millions of people who at best have no life other than their work and at worst the facilitation into ‘leadership’ of people like Donald Trump. Like the latter because in varying degrees we must live a lie to do it.
We may have no understanding of ourselves because they have no real self. The self we do have is an economic or religious construct.
We may have not have thought much about who we are. Our real self has become lost in the rubble of our workaholism. Some of us are more contemplative than others but all have some of this facility - if we can be still enough to rest awhile – to rest from the attempt to gain self-worth from obsessive busyness.
Martha’s protestations have merit to the religious mind. Martha-ism blinds us to our own need and blinds us to the value of those who have the insight to seek life where it may be found: Being with Christ. Being with Christ is all about being. It’s about being sons of substance and being sons and daughters who have an affinity with life, with real life and the things of real value. It’s not difficult to be an active Christian who is not transformed. In Christ our life we can be active and rivers of living water.
CHRIST’S REALITY IS REALITY
As opposed to oneness with God, an old covenant mindset defines us in Adam’s separation from God and separation from ourselves, despite our assertions. Mary was entering the realm where she and Jesus are one.
The incarnation is not a construct or an abstraction unless we have made our religion from the letter that kills. The incarnation is you and us as the manifestation of the trinity in ourselves and the Church. This is what sons and daughters of God are. If we will not live from this reality, we consign ourselves to be dead folks talking. The tragedy of the self as a ‘letter person’ is that we do not know that we are not alive.
All believers are in the Body of Christ by designation. But they belong in spirit and truth when Christ is their life. Never when the law is their life. The incarnation is the great truth of the new testament age. Christ in you. Christ woven into our being to become the expression of us as Joe and Mary.
Don’t insulate yourself from union with Christ by constructions of your own.
We can dribble spirit and life or we can be rivers of living water. When Jesus said, ‘Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you’ He meant the spirit and life that grows the Kingdom. We cannot literally eat Jesus. But we can in the Spirit – by agreeing that He is indeed our life. The Lord’s Table is a symbol and a reminder of the life we are living in oneness with Him. Not a tonic or a grasping at something we do not yet have. The eucharist is the sign of a lived life.
ALREADY IN HIM
J Baxster Kruger writes, “Jesus has received us into his life. We don’t make him part of our world; he has made us a part of his. He has included us in the abounding life he shares with his Father and in his anointing with the Spirit. And the us he has included is not the perfect us, not the untarnished version that we present to the world and hope everyone believes. The us he has included is the broken us, the wounded, tired, and scared us, the self-centred, self-protecting, hiding us. So we are in for a wild ride. For Jesus is determined that the broken us come to know his Father’s love in the freedom of the Spirit. He won’t give up.” (1)
You do belong.
(1) Kruger, C. Baxter. Across All Worlds: Jesus Inside Our Darkness (Kindle Locations 179-185). Perichoresis, Inc. Kindle Edition.