From Persistent Dualisms to Unity, Part 2 01-27-2018

If in prayer and in contemplation we can behold hidden wholeness, then Holy Communion reaches beyond sanctuary rites into our digestive track and cellular structure. Then the eyes of the world are reflected in our dark pupils. Then the fire of the mystics is rekindled. Then the theological Jewel of the Nile is no longer entombed in the past. Then, like Peter, James, and John, we behold the radiant unity of Jesus transfigured on mount Tabor. Then we reach past the divisions and trenches to the mountain summit and gaze upon the panorama of painted hills. Then our eyes behold the splendor of our Sovereign, supreme now and evermore. . .

We believe in one Sovereign, Jesus Christ

begotten from the Creator before all worlds…

who because of us human beings and for our salvation,

came down from heaven…

and became a human being…

whose dominion will have no end.1

 

[1] Portions of The Nicene Creed.

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