Monday, June 11, 2012

Reflection for the Week - June 11

A crucial theological question is central to spirituality. Is anyone there? Our concern here is not with something that we merely feel or experience as “beyond” or “transcendent,” but with the issue of who is speaking and acting, who is calling, and who is addressing us. Of course, impersonal entities neither speak nor act, and if we have little or no accurate information about the referent of our spirituality, we should have some serious reservations concerning its viability. A real and genuine spiritual connection, through the redemptive work of the crucified and risen Christ, can be formed with the One who is there beyond us. This union results in a release from sin, a changed heart, and a transformed mind—life amidst divine community, towards the other, and in the world. From my book Living Spirituality: Illuminating the Path.