March 14-B, 2023

Zen Moon 04/11/2009 Oil Paint Rendered — Grandfather Mountain and Price Lake, Blue Ridge Parkway,
Blowing Rock, North Carolina
That Which Has Always Been Called God
comes packed in our DNA,
is written into our genetic code.

When Jesus said,
"The Father and I are One,"
he was speaking for all of us.

The Johannine Prayer
(That they may be one 
as we are one: I in them 
and you in me),

Jesus' statement,
"The Kingdom of God is within you,"

And, "In as much as you have
done it, or failed to do it, to/for
one of the least of my brothers
and sisters,
you have done it to/for me,"

All point to the classical definition
of "sacrament,"
"An outward, visible sign,
of an inward, visible grace,"
whereby we become one with 
that which is God.

I would say, "By which we recognize
and remember that
we are one with that which is God."

We ARE that which we seek!

All it takes is turning the light around
to know that it is so,
and has always been so.

This is the knowledge--
the Gnosis--that orthodoxy 
was intent on stamping out
because it does away with 
any need for the church,
any church,
and destroys the foundation of power
Irenaeus of Lyons and his cronies 
were creating for themselves
in the 2nd and 3rd centuries CE.

Gnosticism is no heresy.
Orthodoxy is the heresy,
killing, as it did, its enemy
rather than loving them
as Jesus commanded.

And now, it waits for us
to set the record straight.

That Which Has Always Been Called God
and we are one.

And it is on us 
to make real what is real
in the way we live,
and move,
and have our being.

Beginning here/now.


Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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