Paul gives us a great overview of the Life and Work of Christ. The Dabhar, the Logos, the Word and Creative Energy of God incarnated into the world, teaching us that Creation is a blessing, that we must savor that blessing, be humble, open to all, with a true entrusting of God, who is in all things as all things are in God so we might be holy (Via Positiva).
He, then, poured himself out on the Cross so we might be united to each other and to God as he is united in us and God (Via Negativa).
Through our faith and emptying of self, we are reconciled to God, our Mother and Child, to live as the Images of God we were always meant to be, bringing the Work of God Alive in ourselves and in the world (Via Creativa).
The church is the body of Christ. We carry on the Ministry of Christ through the power of the spirit of Christ in the unity of the fullness found only in Christ. In everything that we do, we must strive to live as Christ, to suffer with Christ's dignity, and to ever exhibit the signs of our own rebirth through his resurrection, continuing his ministry: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord (Luke 4:18-19) (Via Transformativa)."
As Paul said, in verse 24 above, "We fill up that which is lacking in the afflictions of Christ." We do not do this through the preciousness of our own sacrifice. As the body of Christ suffers, that suffering is united with that of our Lord upon the cross. While there is suffering in the world, Christ suffers on the cross for us all. While there is glory in the world, Christ is resurrected to live in us all. Every child born as Christ in the manger, and every dark night is Maundy Thursday.
Through this mysterious participation with Christ, we walk the via Transformativa.
The Work of Tikkun
Through our own ignorance and inability to perceive the cosmos as it is, we experience the world as broken, as fallen. This is a problem, born out of our perceptions and assumptions that a perfect world, must be free from suffering, and free from strife. We choose to see the world as other than it is. The world is perfect, it is barely ordered chaos.
We have chosen to see the world in terms of good and evil, rather than as we should: through eyes of justice.
Restoration of Believers
Restoration of the Cosmos
We are the voice of the earth, the eyes of the earth, the heart and soul of the earth. Our ancestors rose from the very dirt of the earth. They struggled to find harmony and balance with the world around them. Then the world was a much more hostile place, but now the tide has turned. Bearing in mind that our kind rose out of the earth, enlivened by the spirit of God to tend the soil and protect the weak, it is our duty and responsibility to leave the world a better place for the generation to come after us. We must weigh all of our decisions carefully, asking ourselves: "how will this affect our great, great grandchildren?"
We must live out our faith that only in the churches, or in our workplaces, or even in the society at large. Our greater obligation is to the world that God is in trusts us with. It is easy to pretend that we live out the promises of Christ to other people, but only preservation and righteous actions can fulfill our obligation to nature. We cannot fake these actions. They are evidence for all to see.
Fullness of God/Fullness of Christ
It is easy for us to become so involved in the mysticism of the Fullness of the Godhead. Remember always, all that is above is mirrored below. In meditation and prayer, we contemplate the Fullness of the Godhead, and we should not forget that the church itself is the Fullness of Christ.
For Christ, "In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Wherein he has abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he has purposed in himself: That in the dispensation [administration] of the fullness of times [Pleroma of due measure] he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who works all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ (Eph 1:7-12)."
All things should be seen as they are, gathered as one in Christ Jesus our Lord. Any injustice that we do to another, or to the environment itself, we do, unto Christ who has gathered all things unto himself.
Justice is Praise
Where can God be found?
“In the Via Transformativa. In the relief of suffering, in the combating of injustice, in the struggle for homeostasis, for balance in society and history, and in the celebration that happens when persons struggling for justice and trying to live in mutuality come together to praise and give thanks for the gift of being and being together. This is Path Four (Matthew Fox, Creation Spirituality, p 18).”
The Wisdom of Justice
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In Proverbs 1:2-7, we are taught the four pillars of wisdom. In the Via Transformativa, we build up the pillar of Justice (Mishpat). Mishpat means "judgment, justice, ordinance judgment; act of deciding a case (The NAS New Testament Greek Lexicon)."
In the Ministry
The Via Transformativa is the Way of the Pastor/Teacher. A Pastor shepherds the faithful, guiding the flock of Christ gently. As Teachers, they instruct the faithful into the mysteries of the faith (Eph 4:11-13).
During his life, Father Abraham built 4 altars. Each one represented a phase of his life. In the Via Tranformativa, we visit the Altar of the God who Provides (HaShem Yireh) at the mountain chosen by HaShem from Genesis 22:1, 2, 9, 14.
The Winged Lion represents the Gospel of Mark, who focused on the Via Transformativa through the Divine Kingdom of Zion and Jesus Christ our King.
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