The doves are cooing, the sun is shining, there is a gentle breeze blowing and I don’t think the temperature has yet reached 70 outdoors. I wish I had a camera a little while ago as the dove was pecking the ground right in front of the snake. It would have made a great shot. Not carrying my camera is one of the sacrifices I make for riding my motorcycle to church on these gorgeous days. The motorcycle has been my only transportation all week. Those are the kind of thoughts running through my mind as sit down to write this morning. It is the beauty that rests in all things which sets the Sacred on display for us. It is the beauty of the things we do which brings the sacred presence to life.
The one thing that does set Christianity apart from other world religions is that Jesus’ followers use language that claims to have seen the presence of the Sacred in Jesus and the follower’s followers took it literally so as to believe that Jesus was God in the flesh. Maybe a “flesh and blood” god was so outlandish of an idea that the followers never dreamed anyone would take it literally and they wanted to be certain that those who read the letters and epistles written would take them seriously so they used very strong images and affirming language. Subsequent generations of readers and followers have taken the language and beliefs literally. So what we have today is multiple religious institutions based on Christian teachings that all understand the words, “In this man Jesus we have seen and known God”, to mean that Jesus was literally ‘one with God’.
I would contend that they did see God manifested in the man Jesus like they never had before. I would also contend that in his life and actions they did come to know the sacred. I would even go so far as to see they did see God in and through Jesus.
But remember this, people can and do see the Sacred in and through your actions and reactions, through your reaching out to others, and through your healing touch, compassionate reach, and kind word – perhaps not as abundantly clear – But God does come alive in you.