Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Evangelium


We cannot be reduced to just one aspiration - be it economic or religious, political or ideological.  The truth is that we all aspire to a fullness of life that cannot be easily addressed. 


Who among us cares about only one piece of life. Who has only one need or concern, only one aspiration or one love.
That for which we dare to hope is more than another can offer except perhaps with a great heart and an invitation to walk on from here together. 

Whether it's a political party, a religion's proponent, or a one-subject professor, the simplistic explanations and solutions we're offered are just too small. What you need to do is just:
  • the persuaded republican, "vote for ..."
  • the persuaded tea partier, "vote against ..."
  • the persuaded democrat, fundamentalist, liberal, conservative ...
  • the persuaded ecologist, economist, hippie, historian, spiritualist, "follow our rules!"
Such containerized solutions leave us wanting something more, something real. 

What if there were a grander venue, an outer court beyond 'the hall of the mountain king' of our imagination where the veil fades away ...

In her last days, Dr. L. D. Vincent* encountered such a reality and was encouraged  as the threads of her life here came together.  Like others before her, she gathered her family and told them about it all with detail and clarity. Several days later, she passed away peacefully.

What pushy politician or professor or rule-maker could offer such a gracious affirmation of life?  Must we wait until the end to know for ourselves? 
That for which we dare to hope is more than another can offer except perhaps with a great heart and an invitation to walk on from here together.  Evangelium vitae - good life news! :) Indeed.
*Dr. L. D. Vincent was my grandmother.  :)