You are great

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

 You are great
Tuesday of Holy Week

In the reading from Isaiah today is a description of how precious and beautiful God has made us.  In the gospel,  Peter thought he was great but needed to have the experience of his own death (denial) and resurrection to know his greatness.

We talk about “dying to self” and “living for God.”  Fr. Richard Rohr had written extensively on the True Self and the False Self and here is one of his explanations of what this means and how it happens .

Collapsing into the Larger Life

“You are a son or daughter of the Good and Loving God. The Divine image is planted inherently and intrinsically within you.  You cannot create it, you cannot manufacture it, you cannot earn it, you cannot achieve it, you cannot attain it, you cannot cumulatively work up to it.  Do you know why?  Because you already have it!  This is the core of the Gospel.

A preoccupation with False Self gets in the way of experiencing and knowing this reality.  The False Self is an imaginary self that thinks it’s separate;  it is the self that I think I am.  The False Self is what has to die so your True Self can live.

God will lead you to that new, transformed place of the True Self if you get out of the way.  You don’t have to do it;  it will be done to you. Don’t try to engineer your own death.  That just reinforces the ego.

A situation in your life will lead you to a place, an event, a relationship, a failing or falling apart of something wherein you can’t control life anymore and you can’t understand it.  Your little, separate, False Self is simply inadequate to the task.  And finally, thankfully, you collapse into the larger self, who you are in God, the True Self, which is inherently beloved.

You can’t make yourself more beloved, and you can’t make yourself less beloved. You just have to one day recognize that is true and start drawing your life from that much larger
Center for Action and Contemplation Adapted from “Dying: We Need It for Life” (Richard Rohr on Transformation) (available through Franciscan Media)

Part of the human condition is that we want to be in control-
We want to be God.
When will we ever learn to let God be God
Then we can relax in God’s arms
And always be at peace. 

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