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Tracking the Footsteps of the Enlightened Jesus through India (Sunday Homily)

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2.    "I am in my father, and ye in me, and I in you." [John 14.20]

3.    "I and my Father are One." [John 10.30]

In other words, the guru (Jesus), the disciple, and God are all One. Separation of God and Her creation is nothing but illusion (MAYA). ALL IS ONE.

All of this confirms for me what I've learned from Eknath Easwaran, my Indian teacher of meditation over the last 15 years: at their summit all the world's Great Religions come together in the mystical vision just articulated.

If all of this is true, what does all of this mean for us today? I think this at least:

"   There are many ways to understand God.

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"   Sectarianism is foreign to the Divine Reality.

"   God loves our mortal enemies and performs miracles on their behalf just as God did in the example of Naaman.

"   More specifically, God loves al-Qaeda fighters and the ones we call "terrorists" just as much as (S)he does us. Our enemies represent God's presence and so do we. We should treat them as though this were true.

"   God loves those we classify as unclean, unworthy, ungodly, and untouchable.

"   More specifically, God loves people with AIDS; God loves the foreigner, the outcast. They represent the presence of God and so do we. And because of our tendency to reject them, they are somehow closer to God than we are.

"   It's good to step outside the reach of our culture's categories, at least once in a while.

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Mike Rivage-Seul is a liberation theologian and former Roman Catholic priest. Recently retired, he taught at Berea College in Kentucky for 36 years where he directed Berea's Peace and Social Justice Studies Program.Mike blogs (more...)
 

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