meditation

The Law is abolished and we are One People in Christ Jesus

As we continue our study in the fourth of the Five Powers, Concentration (samādhi), we need to dig deeper into the revelation and wisdom we seek from the Holy Spirit.  As we dig deeper into the mystery, we see the work of Reconciliation that Christ has performed through the Cross and the Shedding of his Precious Blood.

For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility
— Eph 2:14-16

Christ is our Peace

In the broken duality of the world, there were two types of people in the world, the Children of the Promise and the Children of Wrath.  The Children of the Promise were the descendants of Abraham.  The only way to enter the promise was to be born into the tribe, or to submit oneself to the Law of Moses, given by men and angels (De 4:14; Acts 7:53; Gal 3:19; Heb 2:2), but Christ put an end to the Law, did away with the Commandments, annulled obligations, and abolished the requirements of the Law, and set us free to live according to the Spirit.

Jesus was crucified for blasphemy (Matt 26:65-66; Mark 14:63-64; Luke 22:71). The Law condemned God to death for blasphemy showing how it had departed from God. So at the crucifixion, the veil of the temple was ripped in two (Matt 27:51). We were exchanged from the  law of Moses and saved by the life Christ taught us to live.  All people are recreated in Christ into one people. 

Through this mystery, we see that there are no real differences between people.  The only differences that exist are the ones we pretend are there.  Our imagination can make these seem and feel real, but they are illusions we create to preserve our sense of separateness, and often superiority.

As we learn to see the One Christ that holds all things together, we learn to see how the suffering of others is our suffering.  Another person's pain is our pain, and their healing is our healing.

We are the body of Christ.  It is our mission and duty to work out this reconciliation in the world and to be a constant voice for peace.

Peace is the Central act of the Christian life.

Christ restored us to live as the Image of God in this world.  He made peace between us and God.  We continue this work by first making peace with ourselves, and then with our neighbors.

We experience this mystery through meditation, where we enter the peace of God at the Gate of Zion.  This peace is the root of compassion for ourselves and others.

As we live our lives, we must learn to allow the voice of Christ to speak through us.  The voice of Christ is peace and compassion.  Everything that goes against peace and compassion eclipses the Light of God, and becomes a stumbling block.

Concentration (samādhi) is the strength to stand against this darkness.  We develop concentration through meditation and mindfulness.  The more we keep the realities and facts of life before us, the more we will see the pains and problems that are the real roots of the situations we face in life.  We must develop a mindful awareness of the circumstances others live within.  Once we understand the pain at the root of the problem, we can begin to develop a salve for the issue.

Join me On the Road of Awe to Zion

May our eyes behold your return in mercy to Zion" by Ephraim Moshe Lilien - Milwaukee Jewish Artist's Laboratory. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

As we end our season of meditation on Justice, and turn our attention to the harvest of bliss and awe, and reconnection to our God, I invite you, sisters and brothers to join me on the Road to Zion.

Look for beauty.  Open yourself awe at the scope and scale of cosmos stretching out all around you.  The world is full of mysteries.  A mystery is not an hole in our knowledge.  It is embracing the awe, splendor, and glory of the world around us.

A mystery is a well of power and wonder.  Science can tell me why a rose makes the tender petaled follower that is so pleasant to the eye and whose aroma warms the soul.  The mystery is the connection that exists between the rose and me.  This deep bond is the sacramental connection the opens us to the Divine.

Opening ourselves to these deep connections is the first step on the path of Bliss and Awe that will lead us to the promised land of Zion.

Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, In the city of our God, His holy mountain. Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth, Is Mount Zion in the far north, The city of the great King. God, in her palaces, Has made Himself known as a stronghold.
— Psalm 48:1-3

Zion is not on a map

Anyone who tells you that Zion is on a map has never seen the pureland of God.

Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.”
— John 18:36

Zion is the Kingdom of the Heart, the Kingdom of Heaven.  We enter Zion in the laughter of our friends, in the relief of sorrow and suffering, in the beauty and wonder of nature.  When your heart is at peace, you are in Zion.

Zion is not afar off.  She is not in the future time, or conditioned on calamities and violence.  She is here, now.

Now having been questioned by the Pharisees as to when the kingdom of God was coming, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or, ‘There it is!’ For behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst.”
— Luke 17:20-21

Open your heart to the glory of this present moment.  In the still, quiet now, we can see that we live every moment in the heart of God.  All you have to do is close your eyes, and breathe.  Steady your breath, and rest in the arm of the Presence of God.  Let go of the thoughts as they enter your mind, gently and without judgement.  Just let go.  Focus on your breath until you feel peace enter into you, then open your eyes and realized you in in Zion.  You are in the Promised Land.

Join me in this walk through the path of Zion.  There is only now.