Yesterday we meditated on being, interbeing and compassion and how returning to our Source and touching being leads to fruitful action from non-action.
To recognize that God is compassion and that compassion is our godly work and our working out of our shared existence and interdependence and interbeing is very important. It forms a substrate for all the work we do in our time on earth from earning a living to raising a family; from being friends to our family and friends to standing up to injustice and lies and distortions within ourselves or our culture and its structures.
If “compassion means justice” as Eckhart insists (and the Jewish prophets of old insist), then to do justice in the midst of injustice is to bring the Divine back to history and culture. It is to bring love back since “God is love” and compassion is another word for love. And justice is another word for love.
It is to bring God back, back into our consciousness and our work, back into history, it is part of what Pere Chenu calls therefore “continuous incarnation,” ongoing incarnation. It is God made flesh, made historical, made present.
That God is love is found in the first Epistle of John in the Christian Bible (1 Jn 4.16) and in many other places including in St Paul’s shout out: “Who shall separate us from the love of God?….Neither death nor life, height nor depth, neither present nor future.” (Romans 8:35, 38)
Meister Eckhart says: “Love is nothing other than God….In the same love in which God loves the Godself, God loves all things.”
God as love is found in other traditions as well such as in the Song of Songs in the Hebrew Bible and in the following teaching from Rumi who says: “All the universe is born of Love—But where did this Love come from?” And again, “Lose your soul in God’s love, I swear there is no other way.”
Love causes the earth to tremble.
God said, ‘If not by pure love
How could I have created this world?
I have brought everything into existence,…
So you could know the glory of Love.’
Adapted from Matthew Fox, Naming the Unnameable: 89 Wonderful and Useful Names for God…Including the Unnameable God, p. 1.
And Fox, Meditations with Meister Eckhart.
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