I read stuff all the time that I wish I’d written. Do you ever feel that way? Like, you run across something so golden, something that rings your bell so much?
It happens a lot with Richard Rohr. Father Rohr is a Catholic priest, spiritual guru, and head of a spirituality center in New Mexico. He produces a daily devotional that I’ve been reading for about a year and it never ceases to amaze me.
Recently, he did this whole two-week series on other traditions: Islam, Hindus, Buddhists, etc. that was just fantastic!
This week, he’s off on a whole jag about Jesus. The Anointed One. The long-awaited Messiah. The Christ. From the beginning of time...
Christ is not Jesus’ last name. The word Christ is a title, meaning the Anointed One, which many Christians so consistently applied to Jesus that to us it became like a name. But a study of Scripture, Tradition, and the experience of many mystics reveals a much larger, broader, and deeper meaning to “the Christ.”
‘Whenever the material and the spiritual coincide, there is the Christ.’ Jesus fully accepted that human-divine identity and walked it into history. Henceforth, the Christ “comes again” whenever we are able to see the spiritual and the material coexisting, in any moment, in any event, and in any person. All matter reveals Spirit, and Spirit needs matter to “show itself”! I believe “the Second Coming of Christ” happens whenever and wherever we allow this to be utterly true for us. This is how God continually breaks into history—even before the first homo sapiens stood in awe and wonder, gazing at the stars.
I posted a link on the church’s Facebook on Monday.
From the beginning of time...
It’s that good.
Christ Almighty—he’s more than a name.
Jesus H. Christ!
Grace and Peace,