Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Touch me and see

you say,
touch me and see.

I touched you today
when I saw the dogwoods in bloom.

I touched you
on the path by the river
in the greetings of the joggers.

I clung to you
in sorrow
grieving the loss of a friend.

I touched you
this morning at Mass
in the Eucharist.

I touch you
a hundred ways


(from the Centre for Liturgy, University of St. Louis)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Following the Christ

Jesus is the microcosm; Christ is the macrocosm. There is a movement from Jesus to the Christ that you and I have to imitate and walk. A lot of us have so fallen in love with the historical Jesus that we worship him as such and stop there. We never really followed the same journey which he made, which is the death and resurrection journey. We don't become the "Body of Christ.”

Unless we make the same movement that Jesus did—from his one single life to his risen and transformed state, we probably don’t really understand what we mean by the Christ—and how we are part of the deal! That is why he said "follow me.” The Jesus that you and I participate in, are graced by, and redeemed by, is the RISEN Jesus who has become the Christ, which is an inclusive statement about creation. Stay with this in the days ahead, and it will all become very simple and clear. But central enough to change the way you see everything!

Adapted from Fr. Richard Rohr, The Cosmic Christ