A Boundary Day Richard Rohr


CENTRE AND CIRCUMFERENCE

Friday, December 31, 2010 : In my mailinbox today
New Years Eve / A Boundary Day

We do not think ourselves into new ways of living.  We live ourselves into new ways of thinking.  In other words, our journeys around and through our realities, or “circumferences,” lead us to the core reality, where we meet both our truest self and our truest God.
We do not really know what it means to be human unless we know the God who created this humanity in his own image.  And in turn, we do not really know God except through our own broken and rejoicing humanity.  Jesus’ most common self-name is “Son of Humanity.”  His reality, his cross, is to say a free “yes” to what his humanity finally asks of him.
It seems that we Christians have been worshipping Jesus’ journey instead of doing his journey.  The first feels very religious; the second just feels human and not glorious at all.  Prepare yourself for the beginning of a new stage in your own journey of doing and being tomorrow.
Adapted from Everything Belongs, Richard Rohr pp. 19-20

4 comments:

deodate said...

This is really good Phil. I think it's time that I read more of Richard Rohr. 'We live ourselves into new ways of thinking' - that is really powerful. There is much to be said about a life lived (lived well or not). Life is a great teacher and the more I live, the more I can appreciate that. Thanks Phil, as always, such wonderful posts.
Andie

Philomena Ewing said...

Thankss Andie. I think we so often get distracted from the "core ", that Rohr refers to here. Still, another year beckons to try again !!
happy New Year and Blessings.

claire said...

worshipping Jesus' journey instead of doing his journey... so true, isn't it?

Thank you for all the wonderful material you offer here to your readers.

A Very Happy New Year as well, Phil!
Take care.

Philomena Ewing said...

So glad to see you here and Happy New Year Claire.
Yes, i am in total agreeement with your comments, and the challenge is a huge one for us all but each one of us has to work out our own path.
Hope you had a great Christmas and look forward to continuing friendship this year.
Blessings