Making the Everyday Shine

Feb 26

Making the Everyday Shine

Incarnation is the word we Christians use to describe what God was doing in Jesus Christ. The Christmas stories are the biological explanation of what we had already affirmed theologically.

Incarnation is how we describe the Resurrected one inside us and among us in the community of faith. You already know that Jesus Christ is separate from you, but you also know he is present, if anywhere, in what you are doing now. You and Jesus are of course two, but maybe spiritually more like One.

Li Po is addressing this impossible union with the Other when he writes (p. 32 of The Enlightened Heart):

“…We sit together, the mountain and me,

Until only the mountain remains.”

I don’t believe he is imagining not being there as an individual, but rather something else. Something more, really. Even though it might seem like reduction. Layman P’ang (p.35) writes about arriving at a similar enlightened awareness:

“My daily affairs are quite ordinary;

But I’m in total harmony with them…

…even the poorest thing shines.

My miraculous power and spiritual activity:

Drawing water and carrying wood.”

Drawing water and carrying wood are utterly mundane chores. Miraculous? Spiritual? Think “laundry”, “getting the oil changed”, “driving the grand/kids somewhere”, “paying bills”, “cleaning up the house”… we might even tire of such things, yes?

And yet. The purpose of all religion, of all enlightenment, is to bring something New to the Party, to transform this daily existence. Incarnation is a more than Christian term and concern. It can also help us put Enlightenment into language we might more readily recognize.

See you in worship.

Prepare (always) to be Enlightened!

Pastor Don