Friday, August 31, 2018
The Jesus said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.” – Matthew 13:52
Such an insight into the spiritual practice of Holy Creativity are found in the thought the writer (scribe) in this heavenly realm of which I proclaim will write both of the old and the new. And my take on this teaching … our Christian Way is one of creativity always weaving the new into the tapestry of the old. If we are of the old threads only, we are creatively insufficient; if we are of the new threads only, we are creatively insufficient as well. The Christian Way involves the ongoing creativity of the Faith.
But there are those who retreat into the past and there are those who escape into the future, but the living Christ and the living Church is the creativity of the Present Moment, where the past flows into the future.
Life in this creative process known as life in the Coming Together of Heaven and earth is the ongoing process of weaving the ways and teachings of Christ into the loom of this Present Day. The Christian Life is to be an ongoing artistry of the Grace found in Christ. It is not living in the museums of antiquity nor living in castles in the sky but rather living in the present Creative Moment in which Christ in incarnate in these times. What would Christ have offered as guidance during the horrors of the Inquisition? What would Christ have offered as guidance in the violence of the Crusades? What would Christ have offered as guidance in the tragic conflict of the American Civil War? What would Christ have as guidance in the Great Depression? What would Christ be offering as guidance in these times of high-fevered politics of division?
Some hold to reactionary conservatism while others hold to revolutionary progressivism, I tend to think that Christ believed rather in incarnational creativity, where we consult with the Lord as Creation unfolds.
Always in Christ’s Service,
Fr. Charitas de la Cruz