Hope #3

Hope #3

John 1:29-34 — The Message

The very next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and yelled out, “Here he is, God’s Passover Lamb! He forgives the sins of the world! This is the man I’ve been talking about, ‘the One who comes after me but is really ahead of me.’ I knew nothing about who he was—only this: that my task has been to get Israel ready to recognize him as the God-Revealer. That is why I came here baptizing with water, giving you a good bath and scrubbing sins from your life so you can get a fresh start with God.”

John clinched his witness with this: “I watched the Spirit, like a dove flying down out of the sky, making himself at home in him. I repeat, I know nothing about him except this: The One who authorized me to baptize with water told me, ‘The One on whom you see the Spirit come down and stay, this One will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ That’s exactly what I saw happen, and I’m telling you, there’s no question about it: This is the Son of God.”

John 1:29-34
© Hilary F. Marckx, all rights reserved

We keep looking.
We keep seeking.
We keep peering into an
unknown chasm
called eternity
trying to catch a glimpse of
we have only speculated on,
dreamed of,
considered —
the Divine Being,
the Holy One, God.
I wonder, though,
if it could be that
we have already
seen this divinity —
been in its presence,
and not made the connection,
not registered,
not recognized God for whom God is?
What if we look at God all the time,
but are blind
to God’s Presence?
We wait for a descending Spirit to affirm.
We expect Gabriel’s horn to blow and announce.
We want cosmic excitement and bright lights,
great gushes of wind,
a deep heavenly voice,
and legions of angels darting to and fro,
and all we seem to get
is the mundane.
We get life,
rocks, pebbles, sand, a random cloud, a spider,
weeds, rain, and by the way,
other and very random people
with strange ways, sweat, body odors, and
all looking for the same thing—God.
I submit:
all these things are that very thing
for which we seek;
the Divine Spirit.
Another way to say this is
if spirit can be matter,
then matter can be spirit
and It seems we have already
discovered what we sought
and all we need to do next is to recognize.
The problem,
though, is that once
we admit
that all that exists is sacred and divine,
we will then have to enter ourselves into that category
and, well, that could get messy…


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