Sunday, April 8, 2012

2012 & the Kingdom of God

December 21, 2012: Turning point in human history or just another day? If you believe in one of the many Mayan calendar theories you are probably eager for or terrified of the answer. But what about the rest of us? What should that day mean to us?

As we celebrate Easter today, we also proclaim our visions of the Kingdom of God. For many, that Kingdom is meant to exist here on Earth. A world of peace and justice is not just possible, it has been divinely mandated. For some, especially those drawn to New Age beliefs, December 21st is the key to making the Kingdom a reality.

I say that such ideas are the fantasies of children. Why are we so unable to see life for what it is? Why are we so unwilling to recognize our Creator's gifts?

"From your perspective, you see love and hate, good and evil, right and wrong. I see what is and what will be, and what I see is love and good, always."

"Look around you. Love surrounds you no matter where you are: in the rose garden and the trash heap, the wedding chamber and the grave, the sword and the plowshare. All are love, as all were created through love. The grand paradox of life is that all has purpose and that all is love."

"Why are you so anguished? Life unfolds as it should. Stop and enjoy the process ... that is why you are here, that is why you were created."

It might be tempting to interpret this truth as a rejection of social justice efforts. That is the fantasy of the spoiled brat, of which we have too many in this world. We are family. We have a duty to help our brothers and sisters see and feel our Parent's love.

"It is time for us to embrace our family, even though we will fail, and probably fail miserably. This is another paradox of our Creator. We can never truly be one family is this life and yet they compel us to try, they demand that we make the attempt."

December 21, 2012: Turning point in human history or just another day? It all depends on what kind of day you want it to be.