Friday, April 6, 2018
Why is it that that some extremes of Christianity seem to become so un-Christ-like?
“Lovingkindness and truth have met together; Righteousness and peace have kissed each other. Truth springs from the earth and righteousness looks down from heaven.…”– Psalm 85:10,11
Seldom a day passes when I do not bring to mind this Beautiful bit of understanding and its fruition of wisdom. “Lovingkindness and truth have met together; Righteousness and peace have kissed each other. Truth springs from the earth and righteousness looks down from heaven.…” These words remind me that within holiness and the holy life all aspects of God’s nature must be held in balance. The heart overflowing with lovingkindness must yet speak up for what is true; right living and right attitudes must not tatter the fabric of holy peace. I remember to be kind in my declaring the truth and I remember to be peaceful even in when the prophet speaks righteousness. It is in maintaining this balance of justice and mercy, this balance of conscience and graciousness … that I can ever come close to living a holy life.
I am intrigued by the poetic phrasing of the Psalmist when he says that … the truth springs from the earth and righteousness pours down from heaven. On the one hand … we mortals must listen carefully to Creation and to look deeply into the human experience to discover and to perfect an understanding of the truth. Yet, on the other hand … we must look upward to the Perfection Divine with awe and humility to learn what is the righteous way and what is not.
Balance … pure Christianity is not found in the extremes, in the radicalized, in the fury of zealots or in the fantasies of utopian dreamers … but in the balance of many virtues that seem to be at times so contrary to one another. Holiness and the holy life is not found in a world of either/or but in a world of both this and that.
Always in His Service,
Fr. Charitas de la Cruz