Friday, March 31 (3:31)
John: The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks about earthly things. The one who comes from heaven is above all.
Yesterday, I had a conversation with someone about what I am going to do now. Am I going to sell my house? To that question, I am unclear. I tried to explain that I'm trying to live more in the moment and therefore can't think too far in the future because as someone very wise once pointed out, God is neither in the past nor the future, only in the present moment. That is where I'd like to reside, in the present moment where God is sure to join me.
Another question was about social security and that perhaps I should look for a job that paid into my social security. How do I explain that if I die tomorrow, social security is not going to matter, but maybe, just maybe, if I were to die tomorrow, what I leave behind may make a difference in someone's life by the things I write?
In Richard Rohr's book, Jesus' Alternative Plan, Richard talks about how we have to let go of the things of this world, the typical ways/beliefs of this world. At one point he says, "Thy kingdom come can only take place if my kingdom goes." In other words, we have to remove ourselves from the societal beliefs of this world.
We are going against the grain, and I've got news for you, it's not the end of the world. At the end of my life, I'm not going to stand at the pearly gates and answer to man, I'm going to answer to God. You are too. If I vex people on earth, then so be it. I'd rather put my faith in God than in man (or social security).
On this last Friday before Good Friday, may we put our faith in God. Let us let go of our kingdoms and instead cling to the One from above.