“Life seeks organization, but it uses messes to get there. Organization is a process, not a structure. Simultaneously, and in different ways difficult to chart, the process of organization involves creating relationships around a shared sense of purpose, exchanging and creating information, learning constantly, paying attention to the results of our efforts, co-adapting, co-evolving, developing wisdom as we learn, staying clear about our purpose, being alert to changes from all directions. Living systems give form to their organization, and evolve those forms into new ones, because of exquisite capacities to create meaning together; to communicate and to notice what’s going on in the moment.
These are the capacities that give any organization it’s true liveliness that support self-organization. In the new story, we enter a world where life gives birth to itself in response to powerful forces – the forces of creativity and freedom.
The old story asserts that resistance to change is a fact of life. Locked into a world image that sought stability and control. Change has always been undesired and difficult. But the new story explains resistance not as a fact of life, but as evidence of an act against life. Life is in motion, constantly creating, exploring, discovering. Newness is it’s desire. Nothing alive, including us, resists control. All of life pushes back against any process that inhibits it’s freedom to create itself.
How do we invoke the resident creativity of those in our community?
“Men and women not only have a destiny, but each individual of the race has a special destiny, a definite work to do, and this work is great; an important, a divine work. For whatever God appoints is great – great in it’s purpose, important in in’s accomplishment, divine in its results. At the same time, God gave to each soul a definite work to do, and the strength, courage, talent, and grace to do the work well; and more, to do it with a certain degree of facility and pleasure.” (Issac Hecker).
As we have celebrated the Season of Lent, Holy Week, the Feast of the Resurrection of Jesus, and now during the Easter Season, we anticipate the Celebration of Pentecost. Our faith leads us through the Incarnation of the Divine into human flesh; to become one with humanity. Jesus was a Rabbi to his disciples or students. He led them on a journey, showing them how to feed the hungry, heal the wounded, and to bring life where there was only death. At the Feast of Passover, celebrating the journey from slavery to freedom; from death to life, he washed their feet, calling them to serve one another and to be there for those who were seen as unclean and rejected by the establishment. He reached out to include all and to teach that there all of creation is sacred and holy. He challenged the establishment in their efforts to divide and conquer. He was seen as a major threat to the established order of things where those few in positions of authority and power lorded it over others.
Saints Peter and Paul both wrestled with God; they finally understood that the Good News was that God was in love with creation become conscious. This reality was viewed as a relationship – a relationship of love and intimacy. Jesus called the disciples to understand that for God there were no favorites. The difficulty that people had then and still wrestle with is that of artificial divisions, labeling others or branding them. It is so easy, as a spoiled child, to demand a place of honor and to be love more that others. As we read in the story of Cain and Abel, jealousy leads to competition and greed; demanding more and more always that the others. We so often look for ways to demean others and pushing them aside; we become full of ourselves and push others down in order to climb on and over them to reach the pinnacle of the pyramid; to become equal to the god of our own creation. Women are seen as inferior to men, Asians, African Americans, and others are seen as inferior to European Whites; Protestants, Catholics, Jews and Muslims, as well as others, are convinced that they and only they carry the birthright of the oldest and most loved child. Those who might be LBGt are ridiculed for making evil choices, and others who might be labeled as mentally ill or experiencing Down syndrome, Autism, or another label that differentiates them and become objects of shame to their families who decide who is saved and who is damned.
Jesus died on the Cross to protest and to challenge these and other forms of discrimination. His call for unconditional love led him to be killed as a criminal and a threat to society. He then accepted this fate in order to show us, in our humanity, how to love. He gave his life that we might understand that love includes all that is; all of creation and to love one another is to become a giver of life for the sake of the other; for all that is. Jesus called for a transformation in the way we see creation and our place in it. How do we as a community bring life, when we all are competing to win the race to the top of the pyramid? Competition can be good, when we are working to bring out the best in ourselves, but it can be divisive and death bringing, when it is used to step. on others and to defeat them at all costs. How do we build bridges and bring life? How do we accept those most in need into our world and tear down the walls that divide and bring death?
We are called to return to the Gospels, and read them carefully; not simply as historical facts to memorize, but as lessons on life and on our call to proclaim God’s overwhelming love for all of Creation. In this, we become one with Jesus, we reflect God come alive within Creation. Alleluia, Alleluia!!!!