Brian’s Reflection: Tuesday, Jan 10, 2012
Every being is an abode of God,
worthy of respect and reverence.
It is interesting, is it not? Almost all religions say that “God is Within”. The Gospel says, “You are the temple of the Holy Spirit”. Hindus (and I think Buddhists) greet each other with “Namaste” – the God in me greets the God in you. Christians, at the Eucharist, greet one another with the words of the Peace: “God’s peace be in You”.
I think that we live in a time of a loss of honour for the human person. Put in the Christian context, each of us is a “Christ”, a daughter or son of God ….. but we have lost the ability to recognize this. In America, this can in part be ascribed to the present inability to teach spiritual values ….. a policy with which I presently adamantly agree, since Christians with political influence insist on playing the “We are right and you are wrong” card. This creates hostility, and a spiritual arrogance at which I believe God weeps.
No one religion is “right”. We are all struggling to understand the mystery of Life. We are all wrestling with the issues of conflict and of personal insecurity and of fear and of alienation. This is an eternal struggle. I am now praying for the appearing of a great spiritual leader, who will transcend all the pettiness and stun the hearts and minds of all the peoples of the Earth and turn us to Love and Mutual Respect, and to an attitude of Reverence for all things.
Oh: we have had many. But they are co-opted for sectarian purposes. I think it is time for Another. And I would prefer a She!