Monday 8 April

12There is one lawgiver and judge who is able to save and to destroy. So who, then, are you to judge your neighbour?

I am unqualified to “judge.” I lack the wisdom to discern the mysteries by which life operates; I do not command the forces of life and death. I am neither “lawgiver” nor the One who has the capacity to “save” or “to destroy.” As much as I might wish it were otherwise, I am powerless over the fundamental laws that govern the universe.

“Law” is simply a description of the way life works. There is a force that has shaped life and ordained that life should operate according to certain principles. We do not in fact live in a world of chaos.

Richard Rohr reports that biologist and noted atheist, Richard Dawkins was once asked, “What is the most common misconception about evolution?” Dawkins replied that the most common misconception about evolution is that “it is a theory of random chance.” He then went on to say, “It obviously can’t be a theory of random chance. If it was a theory of random chance, it couldn’t possibly explain why all animals and plans are so beautifully… well designed.” (Rohr, The Universal Christ, p. 98)

There is a “lawgiver,” a force, a dynamism at the heart of creation that brings beauty into existence and has designed life to unfold in a certain way and respond to a particular pattern. When I enter into relationship with the Designer, I am caught up in deep mystery and transcendent beauty. I do not judge. I am unable to declare any part of this miraculous creation worthy of destruction. I cannot separate.

When I stop locating myself above anything or anyone, I begin to perceive the Hand of the Divine in every dimension of creation and in every person.  Life becomes incarnation. All existence manifests the mystery of Presence.

There is simply no place for human judgment in this luminous vision of a creation suffused with the Presence of the Divine. For me to make myself judge is like standing at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro, shaking my fist and assuming the mountain will tremble. It is unadulterated arrogance; it closes me to an awareness of the true beauty and wonder at the core of life.