A Seasonal Thought
WATER: THE BEARER OF LIFE
by Rev. Michaël Merle
At St John’s Tide we hear the words of John urgently calling out, “The Kingdom of God is close at hand!”
The theme of the Kingdom of God remains a clear echo in the gospel readings in the ten weeks between St John’s Tide and Michaelmas. A few weeks before Michaelmas the Gospel reading brings this theme to a startling and marvellous climax. In answering the question of the Pharisees, the Christ clarifies that the Kingdom of God is not to be found “out there” or “over here,” but rather that it is to be found “within us.” This profound revelation brings a new and urgent perspective on the concept and reality of the Kingdom of God.
In the Act of Consecration of Man we no longer hear the words, “The Lord be with you,” but rather in terms of the fuller grasping of this profound gospel revelation, we hear, “Christ in you.” The Christ-filled human beings who are able to comprehend that the Christ presence is in each human being can slowly but surely begin to demonstrate this in their attitudes and interactions. With the in-dwelling grace of Christ we can accomplish more than we could ever ask for or imagine.
At the first Sunday of Michaelmas we are faced with a powerful parable of the Kingdom. In it, the King asks a man not dressed for the wedding feast to account for himself. The unprepared man is silent. That silence implies that he is already cast out of himself, cast out into the external existence where the I-Am is no longer present, cast out of the Christ imbued relationship to the reality of the Kingdom within.
The time of Michaelmas points to that which we need to take hold of in courage and truth for the growing comprehension and work of the inner reality that the Kingdom of God is indeed within us.
As we move into the time before Advent, we can confirm the experience of the in-dwelling of the Christ as part of our preparation for the next cycle of our liturgical year. Advent will provide us with 4 weeks in which we can work towards Christmas and come in the light of the Gospel to an ever-fuller realisation of the words of Angelus Silesius: "If Christ were born in Bethlehem a thousand times and not in thee thyself; then art thou lost eternally."
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