Tuesday 9 April

13Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a town and spend a year there, doing business and making money.’ 14Yet you do not even know what tomorrow will bring.

What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.

We humans have a proclivity towards arrogance. Despite massive evidence to the contrary, we cling to the illusion that we are vastly powerful and unimaginably wise. We cultivate the fantasy of our control over the forces of life as if we were indeed “masters of our destiny.”

Life on this horizontal plane of circumstance is profoundly uncertain and deeply unpredictable. It is not hyperbole at all to say we “do not even know what tomorrow will bring.” It is simply true that, in the realm of external events and physical life, everything is “a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”

The spiritual journey is the journey to find within myself that which is not “mist.” The promise of all true religion is that there is within every human being an enduring power of light and life that no circumstance can ultimately undo. There is a strong steady core within the deepest part of my being that I can trust and in which I can have absolute confidence.

This strength has carried people through the most egregious wrong, through injustice, suffering, pain, and unbearable loss. It cannot be defeated. In Christian tradition we name this power “Love” and say that we see this reality fully embodied in the person of Jesus. The meaning and purpose of our lives is to trust and live in tune with this power of love even when it seems that the realities of life are dark and destructive.

In I Corinthians 13:7, Paul says simply, “Love never ends.” What we see in the death and resurrection of Jesus is that love can never be defeated. What we see in the lives of those who have suffered greatly and yet endured, is that love has the ultimate victory. Wrong, injustice, tragedy, and chaos are not the final word. As much as the Spirit of love gets beaten down, it always rises up and fulfills itself in the victory of that indomitable force of life that is our true nature.