Creative scientists and saints expect revelation and do not fear it.  Neither do children.

Madeleine L’Engle

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I find it remarkable how often those who comment on the news of the day appear to us as people without any memory.

Presidential aspirant X is reported to have engaged in “shady,” illegal activities without regard to her history of previously doing so on multiple past, public occasions.  Yet, no mention is made of the established history.

Or President Y has shown his ability to make a mess out of virtually everything he attempts, and refuses to provide information about his worst disasters and yet still initiates a new proposal which is discussed by reporters, commentators and political colleagues and opponents without regard to his established track record of serious ineptitude, ill-conceived and dangerous failures and refusal to “come clean” on his worse calamities.

We cannot all have amnesia.  So what is the problem?

People, I suppose, are not strong enough to live reality – a dangerous habit, mind you, in a very dangerous world. The weak among us are not disposed to truth; it unsettles them.

The likelihood of discovering truth and gaining wisdom from it is, it appears, nearly extinct in present day American culture.  Revelation?  That is, life-saving understanding?  Just about nil.

To get back on track think about the value of sequences in coming to truth and revelation.  That is, think about the relationship of one event to another, one experience to another – and ask: What have I learned from these things? We have memory, after all, for its use, what it can teach us, for its collective and comparative value.

Let’s give a classic example.

Let’s recall when Jesus asked the disciples who they thought that he was and Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”  (Mt 16:15) And let’s recall after that proclamation Peter refuted Jesus foretelling of his Passion and Jesus said most powerfully, “Get behind me Satan!  You are an obstacle to me.” (Mt 16:23)

What was said once in proclamation was so instantly discarded by Peter.

Yet, let us recall one more event in this sequence of Peter’s experience. Remember The Transfiguration on Mt. Tabor when Jesus, Moses and Elijah conversed in Peter’s presence and Peter proclaimed in awe, “Lord, it is good that we are here” and he fell prostrate when he heard a voice that said, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”  (Mt 17:4, 5, 6)

Truth and revelation comes, not in one lightening bolt, but more so in sequence – one event/experience coupled with another.  Life is a story.  It unfolds and it demands memory and our capacity to desire truth!  No desire for truth, no truth. No desire for truth, no revelation.

When we drive religion out of a culture, out of our life – we lose truth, the desire for truth, our capacity to house truth.  In its place: lies, falsehoods, ignorant narrative, shear fiction, foolishness piled upon foolishness – everything we do subtracts from the sum of human knowledge and we deconstruct – individually and collectively.

Do you seek the truth?  Can you live for revelation?  Children do.

He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt 18:2-3)

Shalom.

Please share this with others who might profit by it.  God bless.

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