[Rector]

Emptiness

 

There was a man, a powerful man. He came to Jesus one evening, on the sly, as it were. It was not wise for a powerful man to be seen talking with Jesus.

He was a man who could no longer touch the center of things, and so Jesus touched it for him.

"You can't get to heaven", said Jesus, "unless you are born again".

"Born again, physically born again?" questioned the wise and powerful man.

"To enter heaven" said Jesus, "a person must be born physically as a child, but also spiritually as a child of God. The mind, empty of the Divine, must be touched by the Spirit of the Divine. To enter heaven a person must be mysteriously born of the Spirit of God."

"How is it possible for this to happen?" asked the wise man.

Jesus then spoke of his cross - heaven's doorway. The touch of the Divine, the enlightening of the mind, the renewing of the spirit....... comes in the simplest of ways - trusting the crucified Jesus. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

The enlightening of the dark recesses of our mind, the enlivening of our inner-being, all this through faith in Jesus and him alone.

There was another man. He had lost his calling. His mind was now empty, and in the place of Divine intimacy there was work. Male power games, the stuff of ephemeral immortality, is all he now possessed. As a young man he "got religion" in a powerful way. Yet as the games started to lose their purpose, the energy subside, the sense of immortality fade with the fading hair, then, only then, did the deafening echo of emptiness come upon him. Flitting to and fro in parish work was the only way to fill the void.

Of course, he may never have touched the Deity. Easy to just play the game, to adopt a semblance of the Divine. At any rate, "finding faith" again was the only answer. Yet what of those words of Jesus? Those who take their hand off the plow are not worthy of the Kingdom of God. Yes, they are not worthy, but then no one is worthy of God's blessings. So all that remains is faith - trusting Jesus. In the darkness, in the loneliness, in the emptiness..... trusting Jesus, simply trusting him.