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Contemplation inspired by the gospel reading for this week, Luke 15.

Contemplation inspired by the gospel reading for this week, Luke 15.

We all know what its like. Were on a summer vacation, and we are out looking for a place we have never been before! And then the street names start not to make sense, and with each step there is the funny feeling that something isn’t right. And finally it hits. I am lost; I must find the way back.

Within every human soul, within each one of us, there is a seeker- one who longs to find the way back. This seeker in us is our spiritual heart which knows of our true home.

And yet, so often our connection to this seeker in us is dampened, threatened. For the biggest danger to our spiritual heart is not that we loose our way, but that the temptations and distractions in us would have us believe that what we see now is our true home, or that the journey back is illusion because we are already perfect just the way we are.

But in our gospel today, Christ proclaims a radical truth. He proclaims that in order to stay connected and in touch with this true seeker in us, we must first realize that we are actually lost. He proclaims that becoming a true human being means first knowing that we are in the dark, accepting that we are the lost sheep- thatwe are the prodigal son who must loose his way, if he is to find his true home.

These powerful imaginations of the gospel show that our true humanity does not arise by being someone who is already home in this world or already spiritually perfect, but our true humanity is a living process of being lost and found. We awaken when we quietly, inwardly, again and again pray; I am lost. Oh, Lord, find me!

Christ gives us our Humanity

Its amazing how much children need our attention. They crave it. And sometimes they cry out for it. For somehow children know that human attention gives them something very important.  Children know deep down that being seen, being recognized, gives them life, makes them more real.

Each one of us, every human Self, like children also longs to be truly seen. Anyone who has ever heard someone important to them say “I believe in you” knows this. For really seeing someone, believing in someone gives them life, helps them find their task in the world.

But we also know how dangerous it is to be in need of the recognition and approval of others. This is because human judgment, human recognition so often only sees itself, projects its own shadow onto us, hates its own weakness; leaving us unseen, unheard and sapped of life. And so the child in us must grow up, thicken its skin, become adult.

And yet, the Christ path is to become like children again. But not children desperate for human attention, but children of God, children who long to see and be seen by God. Because the only true medicine for the desperate search for recognition that lives in every human Self, is to practice being seen by HIM – learning to feel HIS compassionate presence.

And this is why we practice at the Altar. This is why the Act of Consecration is so nourishing to human souls. For becoming like children again means awakening more and more to Christ’s loving presence in our hearts, which consecrates us; makes us truly human.

This contemplation by Rev. Evans is inspired by the gospel reading for this week, Matthew 7.