Or, like the residents of Buffalo NY, who have suffered such horrible personal loss, wondering, how will they carry on?
Or we may have suffered or be suffering a terrible illness and wonder if we will be able to make it through it.
Today’s Gospel tells us that in the very midst of our “lost- ness”...suffering...fear or sense of abandon that we are never truly alone, we are not abandoned, we are not orphans....for the Risen Christ remains with us.
When I was little I used to think that Christ was with me....but only when I was doing something good or only when I was in holy or sacred places.
Oh, how wrong I was! Jesus proclaims to the disciples that no matter what they “feel,” not matter where they go, he will be with them. And, even more -- the Holy Spirit will be given to them and find a resting place within them.
We are the inheritors of this same promise. We are never alone; never abandoned! Our God is with us always...even when we can’t feel that presence or sense it, God is with us. Even in the midst of our worst moments, our most selfish actions, even in the midst of our greatest sin...God is present and loving us through that dark moment -- whether I acknowledge or embrace that presence or not! The “Presence” is still there! And each moment is charged with the possibility of different outcomes, precisely because of that “Presence”. But, only if I am open and present to it!
When I embrace that presence of that Divinity that dwells within me, then new and different possibilities abound for my life. Embracing that Divine Presence within me and embracing it in “the other” is how I can work to overcome the sins of racism and white supremacy. When I acknowledge and embrace God’s very presence in “the other” then I will truly see them as “God bearers”, they themselves, dwellings of God!
This message of the “Divine indwelling” is a critical part of the core message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, along with Christ’s great command, to “love one another as I have loved you”. These truths leave NO space for racism and white supremacy! None!
Let us continue to hold in prayer the victims and families, friends and residents of Buffalo New York in the midst of their sorrow and grief. But also let us work to find meaningful ways to fight systemic racism and white supremacy in our nation and in the world around us.
How do I respond to being loved so deeply and passionately by God? How do I share God’s amazing love for each person, with others who are different from me? When was the last time I heard the Holy Spirit calling me to something...or away from something, what was or will my response be?