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faith is faith is faith

This is too good not to post.  I’m a big fan of Franciscan Richard Rohr.  This was my meditation for today:

Knowledge of God cannot be proven, processed, reasoned, justified or legitimated.  This God-knowing and God-energy always risks being misunderstood (as God also risks) and risks being misinterpreted (as God puts up with) and even risks being not appreciated (as God also feels).

To live in faith—which is to live with God—one has to risk looking and feeling like nothing—nothing that can be possessed, bargained for, developed, controlled, sold, bought, measured, merited, applauded, or even rightly communicated.  Faith, finally, is beyond the world of power, function and purpose.

I must say it or I would deny the entire history of faith from Abraham to Jesus to Francis of Assisi to our own Donny Flowers and Erwin Wolke:  Faith is beyond any reasonable and objective process that even good people can devise.  There is no community program or structure, no matter how perfect or how much we own it or invest in it that will ever make biblical faith unnecessary.  Faith is faith is faith… and God can only be known by faith (see Romans 3-5).  I wonder why religious people so easily forget that?

Faith is finally to stand in nothingness, with nothing to prove and nothing to protect, knowing itself in an ever-alive charity that urges us to surrender, to let go, to give away, to hand over, to forgive, to walk across, to take no offense, to trust another, to lose oneself—while being quite sure that we are to find ourselves afterwards.

A consumer-oriented, functional and materialistic age finds faith almost impossible.  We want religion, but we surely do not want faith.  Because faith is nothing, the faithful person is a nobody.  In our shallow culture, trust is called naïveté.   Forgiveness always looks like being soft and conceding to the enemy—even speaking the truth will not win you any votes or look patriotic on the evening news.  Faith is nothing in this age and culture.  Faith has always been nothing.   

from “Image and Likeness:  The Restoration of the Divine Image”

Yet, it is the door to all spiritual reality.

-MDP-

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  1. paul allison
    May 17, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Holy Moly! Then, how can I prove my faith, measure my faith, take pride in my faith, show off my faith? Without those things I am left with nothing. Ohhhh… I get it now! That dude never disappoints. Nor do you Pastor Mike.. Love you!

  2. Marisol
    May 17, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Amen!
    So timely for me to reflect on these deep truths as my soul tries to grasp more and more tightly and i get older
    Weaker
    Forgotten
    Not measured
    On the way

    Thankful for the encouragement in life you and Patti give me

  3. janina
    May 18, 2011 at 6:40 am

    exactly what i need to hear, again.
    i feel like that kid with the loser sign on his head a lot of the time. hahahaha. so glad to know i’m not alone. 😉

  4. Kayla
    May 18, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Good word Mike, thanks for sharing. As always it’s right on time. Love ya!

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