“We are one, after all, you and I, together we suffer, together exist, and forever will recreate each other.” – Teilhard de Chardin
As Jesus drew near Jerusalem, he saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If this day you only knew what makes for peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes.”
In my opinion, Jesus would look at our world today and would again weep.
We still seem blind as to what it takes to make peace.
Many remain obsessed with seeing everything in dualities of “either–or.”
They separate everything and everyone into two categories: in or out.
You are either with me or against me.
Many remain in the delusion of disunity when the divine reality is that we are all one.
There is one Love from which we all have life.
Jesus spoke of this when he told his followers: “In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me, because I live and you will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father and you are in me and I in you” (John 14:19-20).
The famous monk, Thomas Merton, had a mystical experience of this oneness which he wrote about in Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander:
“In Louisville, at the corner of Fourth and Walnut, in the center of the shopping district, I was suddenly overwhelmed with the realization that I loved all these people, that they were mine and I theirs, that we could not be alien to one another even though we were total strangers. It was like waking from a dream of separateness, of spurious self-isolation in a special world.”
I had a similar awakening in a hospital bed over 20 years ago while very sick following a ruptured appendix.
To me, it seems that many people are blinded to our oneness by their egos’ preoccupation with fear and the need to be right.
Merton’s final sentence from the previous passage is this: “But this cannot be seen, only believed and ‘understood’ by a peculiar gift.”
Take some time to contemplate God’s deep and abiding unconditional love for you to open the eyes of your heart.
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