Last Sunday’s (June 30) epistle reading from Paul’s Letter to the Galatians identified the conflict that exists in all of us between our human desires and God’s creative, spiritual desire for our lives. Rather than be led into the temptations that come in the form of hurtful and harmful thoughts, words, actions and behaviours, God’s will for each one of us is that our lives be guided by the love of the Holy Spirit. As we are guided by the Spirit, there is but one instruction God call us to adhere to as we go: that we love our neighbours as ourselves.
Then the Gospel story from Luke that we heard, tells of several people who wanted to follow Jesus with good intentions; but they were discouraged to do so because the journey inevitably means change. When we truly follow Jesus, we will always be led into new, unfamiliar and sometimes frightening pathways. Following the Way of Jesus always means letting something go in order to become something new – a new creation in the Spirit.
For Rev. Dr. Elizbeth Green the result is encapsulated in the classic song by the Rolling Stones – “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need.” What we all need, whether we choose to realize it or not, is a deeper, more meaningful, spiritual relationship with God. Quoting the late theologian, Teilhard de Chardin, Rev. Elizabeth reminded us that, “We are not human beings on a spiritual journey, we are spiritual beings on a human journey.”
When we identify ourselves and every other person as a spiritual being on a human journey, we discover that we are each made of God’s love, and that love is our greatest divine resource that we have to share and to give away to others and all members of God’s creation. This is how we enable God’s kingdom now, in our present time.
Submitted by Patrick Gossage