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so next time i hope today we can finish or subject like an adequate coverage of conversation in a effect with your experience with the new testament and next time go on to merton section number four on the kinds of contemplation section number for of the eric
experience if you could read that before next time
whether our best be on tuesday we hope or on wednesday or whatever next week
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okay going to go as planned for wednesday
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facts their lives century's great anxiety is what is a meter or is that of son it's over now but it's not a simmering know with the eucharist environment
okay well we could start a little earlier play to get started nine thirty say they give people time
when's that's bad ones they had a very nice you have way

okay so we dove into the ocean of a new testament where with this idea of confrontation to an aggregate hands and we'd find like that
that's significant but it doesn't quite correspond with what we minor the new testament it said there's something else happening in the new testament there's dynamism there's eight there's a kind of expansiveness there's a kind of convexity
there's just something bulging out and the new testament which
doesn't remain within the notion that rather crystal and notion of contemplation that we have like from the greek tradition from the classical tradition so and this is quite exciting
we made one faces which i like to keep in the back of our minds are studying this and the new testament and that is that a core of the word and particularly of the new testament is the unity of divine reality that's communicated in other words it's as if the new testament that word is the shell of this gift which has been
given to humanity which itself is what the holy spirit is divine wisdom is the unity of divine reality itself which becomes one with us and dwells within it and the word of the new testament the words themselves or a kind of commentary on just go to exegesis of this one great gift which jesus came to get which is
himself but himself as as hour or so and so the contemplative experience with be some kind of glimmers i'm kind of of breaking into consciousness or awakening to this unity which we have him jesus oak cases which is a very one of god
hear o israel lord your god as one
and then it is expressed in love you see it moves from the ontological know being that we have of a oneness which is simply one or it's more one that are wrong one person so my hears are things you can they don't really come into language barrier with but then it expresses itself in look and you should up the larger god you i a whole lot of
your own strength and so on so you do find a pre figuration division in the old testament and think especially and wisdom books like wisdom on some chapter
so we're talking about penetrating into the core of the new testament as the now but
first i'd like to run through the introduction you haven't and i've number six and then look at a few of the texts that are listed and i may add a couple more but we don't have time to cut through all that and i leave that to use and i'd recommend it as a worthwhile exercise to look at those texts in the light of the idea of
and some are more appropriate than others
but what you're finding as a kind of wild
proliferation of this notion of contemplation know all different directions and the direction of knowledge and the direction of the understanding of the mystery in the direction of love in the direction of communion kind of at all these things as being the various expressions of that one
central reality the central reality not be in contemplation contemplation and just a word
which moralists corresponds to experience but the central reality being that at one reality of god as it becomes one with us and as we awaken to it as are wrong and been
okay the general idea hand out six part a there
it was expressed in that number one and i've just that's what i've just been saying so and will say that that the word incarnate and jesus is the visible of the invisible which is gone and so another father is the invisible of jesus and jesus of the word is divisible of the father
and father doesn't meet their what we usually think of when we hear the word father and in christianity father and this thing almost unendurable got other is the the hypothetically conceived
reality beyond all of our names all of our images from never pseudo dionysius but that's already in the new testament but the father that that unnamed about an unspeakable invisible got the mystery as karl rahner closer and it's a wonderful revival a name for god where they needed
no time
the mystery
is expressed an experienced through word and through spirit through the word which is the visible through the spirit which is the emotive communication of good so that and this is what martin says that the spirit becomes out somehow our own spirit and it comes out on like our own show and as almost unendurable it's
self for that reason it's the divine reality as participated know and through participation known only as you are one with it and what a marvellous thing that is to know god only in so far as you are one with gut
the that goes a lot farther than possession we talk about possessing the holy spirit but it goes deep possession
to the point of identity identity which is not static not just as same as just to an acquisition or or a state but a participated life the dynamism
okay number two this is experience initially in the initiation that is in baptism it's extremely important and it's way behind us in a modern christianity is way out of touch her to the to initiation the charismatic movement to some extent we covers this experience but tends to read
cover it in a narrow and sometimes and theological vacuum sometimes i'm very narrow cultural setting which based on the modalism but it is it is recovery and these partial that the baptismal experience
so it happens first and baptism and consequently baptism as degraded nomination and photos much the explosion of the defined by the uncreated light experienced in the luminosity of ones on self now does something else but as if the sun were to arise within you as you come out of the waters
it's very important to read the baptism abuses and the synoptic gospels from that perspective
and it's intended that's where the baptism of jesus is a kind of inauguration and kind of overture and some of the gospels and implicitly in john's gospel in the prologue and in the first chapter because that's your own experience the gospel is a great out she was saying look this is what you know if you have been baptized this baptism of jesus
as and everything that follows it is simply what would you call it a projection and images in a history and a narrative
and in words of that which is within you have that which you you have received and had to pull the dosage visit me in that language of course what you have received
and then it's present in every aspect of life but especially in some critical aspect of right and the life of the fellowship that is in love and the kind of media of the community and and in they probably call it in a pinch of persecution that is in the
witness mercury
and also am service and his father thomas and related those with mercury and the iconia one time
both of which come out of the kind of knew that can sort of the fundamental experience with the community and then monasticism we we sort of how these two experiences of the unity of expressed in a solitary life the community but the kind of neha of the brethren member of the communists and segment of well as directly interact but he's interested in is this is this
kind of air this communion of love which has been given and then we have the contemplative experience being in the depths of the personal
being which is represented by solitude of presented by the of the hermit so the commandments have the advantage of bringing both of us together and doing that between him generating about what we call the unrest and attention to drive us back to the source to find out what there
real madrid have a beginning is and what the totality is now we don't speak much here at the moment of contemplation and adjustment doesn't vary much because that's not what's important what's important is not so much the the particular circumscribed experience the peak experience which important
is the change ontological change there's the new being and the new life that fresh from it what's important is not the moment when you experience it looks important is that reality which is beneath the skin of your whole life which is pulsing and shining and burning beneath the surface of all of our life and trying to express its
of in our own behavior in our own relationships that's what's important and so that's what the new testament now so it's not like you have a a gold mine here or there were an oil well here are there the whole earth is full of gold the whole earth is full of oil
so it's the change is that know being and baptism represents them
but there are others been moments in new prague restaurants and expressed by same properties as i remember i was carried to discern haven't heard words which cannot be uttered but notice that a lot of the other experience which we might consider a particular experience our visions and revelations and things like that and the new to
instrument they seem to be something else but i'm willing to bet that all of those experiences are accompanied by what we're talking about as unity of experience in other words the mark of the touch of god mark of the epiphany of the the appearance of presence are coming or advent of god is that unit of extreme
hence where the center of your being as touched and so every one of those experiences no matter if they are expressed in and very dramatic terms you know that the angel comes there's nothing like that for being carried to dessert heaven or hearing words are seeing something as all through revelation that book of revelation are those are implicitly accompanied by the
kind of experience we're talking about the unit of experience that is the opening and awakening and activation in kindling of the center of your being the unit itself
the number of five there
the contemplative saying becomes presupposed after a while it's it's as if
it's as if the pool has been filled at me and you're just fish swimming around and this point you don't talk about the water anymore
we talking about something else the water becomes presupposed the light becomes be supposed and you talk about what you see in the like your vision is presupposed you don't talk about our vision much we've got a problem with what you what we talk about what we see we don't talk about so much about the like we don't comment usually on the quality of the light unless we have it on aesthetic
a inclinations or a particular experience of like a change of like let us say the constant light in which we see the constant light in which we understand and which we live we know that's not an object of attention usual
and consequently the new testament is so loaded with this contemplative experience that are just disappears it becomes a normal medium of the christian life it becomes the water in which the at the new person scrimmage from lives
okay now where to look for in an adjustment for this expressions of this contemplative experience first of all baptism and we keep returning to them because i think it's very important for us it's the key to understanding and the first place where where this contemplate
where took the door into that realization is the understanding of what baptism for the christians for the early christian community it was moving from darkness into light simply that and allegedly couldn't even describe something like comes what do you say when the light comes on having to describe that when a fine man in john's gospel says i was
blind and now i see what more could you say what can you say about what can you say about light after lightest and especially when you going to the intellectual like where the spiritual light and divine like the uncreated like what can you say about that you can only talk about the things you see in that light light itself is beyond are divided language
age it's beyond resubmit your words okay so it's only silence somehow the silence of enter and reload and then the light itself has its own kind of speech
secondly the kind of the year that word koinonia is very very important
and that's you know this whole issue of of what's the church this issue of the models of the church our idea of the church opened up after vatican two and the center of gravity that the basic model changes from the institution the kind of a perfect society where the perfect institutional structure
changes from that to the clan here the kind of here which is not only a gift of god but his god's own self and some gods and on life pour it out to be the what would you call it the medium to be the the common of possession of of his people
and the love which is an expression on which in some ways i've done is identical with but i like to make a little distinction that because the gift is not only to give to god love that it's it's somehow substantial at some of the gift of god's being that's what the going and a image and the love which
we express one to another is an expression that is a kind of what would you call it incarnation of that something like that it's like at some point to talk about remember in the reality of his arguments they talk about
the the red is that what does your one
resit sacrament and i'd get too complicated what i mean as on one mobile you've got the grace and on the another whether you've got the expression which is love
so i want to talk about the kind of android or this basic level that's deeper primordial level of grace which is given at which then expressing yourself but it'll stay and acts or manifestations of life
but it's a unit to know being which has given which is not a deeply person
google you may seem low garden it's not just a kind of a second movement or same level that the deepest and yes this head buried under to share in the new a choice when john says that god is love that really neat so i don't want to keep the word love of on the upper level but it goes all the way down
so we can so i can't say that kind of is different and love that they both go to the bottom
they're identical i'm just a different a different moment got no nuances of expression
the third place is the knowledge of god and knowledge of christ or of the mystery that christ mystery that in the language of poor now when you find that talked about it presupposes and carries with it the sense of a contemplative knowledge of a unit now
that's not explicit very often and yet the a mystery itself is is is a mystery of unity when paul talks about mystery talking about the jews magenta has been brought together which is a kind of would you call it algebra for the whole of creation in but together in jesus on the cross and resurrection of jesus
so the what you're looking at the object the mystery itself this unity but your experience of a in so far as you as you know it imposed terms is a participant the participation of that industry it's a knowledge of that mystery which is a unit of experience and which as i said is accompanied by some kind of unity of grace
i think you could presume that wherever these things are being talked about
number for participation haryana to relationship in christ in the one body the yes
move and use that the mystery salaries unique unity
asking the idea of history sell i close of all creation i'm thinking more of the christ mystery at this point because we can talk about mystery on different levels and maybe the deepest level it would simply be the divine mystery god as mystery but that's not what i mean here what i mean here is pause to muster
carrie underwood calls mystery of crows yeah and if he say the be surprised at precisely is summing up of all things and the cracks and in christ and credit as they also be a including petra the exact history nature and usually it talks about of times are jews and gentiles in other words he lays it out
long a historical line that for salvation was confined to the jews now it's it's open to the gentiles but actually
why remember this candidate
you're an arrogant people see if you met the years over here
and the gentile over there
and got here
and creation that you are nervous at this over no june and as a part of creation and i think this is the pictures and or mild changed when the bringing of the jews and dubs because it means the near and afar means the the first people that god takes to be his arm and everybody gentiles
all of humanity and impulsively with the whole cosmos so it goes from the center you can purchase it here
you area to somewhere if doing it another way and havent gotten the creation everything is ready to go to heaven and earth jews and gentiles all pulled together by jesus and jesus the growth it's not only the desert jesus's death and resurrection
it seems to be so the would you go to the paradigm of the mystery mystery and was right there is no say and i'm poli mine of ephesians and production

now he uses this language in christ in hemp constantly okay and every time he uses it he's referring to this unit to mr and there's also a kind of what would you call up experience you'll aura around this this is not something into that is talks about this
is something and experience out of which it comes to talk about it and which he presupposes is also your experience the experience of being in christ
five the sacramental that as eucharistic participation rate talks about he doesn't talk about the gilchrist often university for and john doesn't talk about it at all explicitly but implicitly there's a lot of it
take the last supper it's like a translation of the eucharistic experience and to another level level
the of wisdom chef antral eucharist
but in paul and he talks about as one breads overall wontons on because there's one bread therefore we're on that kind of it's another angle into the same reality
six now we get to language there are words which seemed to be simply synonyms for the same central unit of reality and i've listed a few of them there so there's a centripetal movement among words in the new testament so that say truth and grace and glory
you and the power of god and all of these things seem to be pulled together so that they simply represent the same one thing different aspects different facets perhaps different experiences of the same reality but often it seems almost to be the same experience with the same area so there's a centripetal
dynamism going up among the words in the new testament and a number seven is a centrifugal that's that were not so good at that point but i mean as a word tends to to explode so that it opens up and becomes inclusive so that it swallows only other words
so that it seems to itself express the central mystery and then the exchangeable with a bunch of other words these are probably just two sides of the same process but in the mark that we study that we're para dos is a judiciary handing over and you see it here you see if are changed to me in two different things but it's the same word and some
how it's expressing a theological unity between those two different spheres between us to different events lot of say let us say the betrayal of jesus and jesus handing himself over and the eucharist or paul saying this was handed down to me and i handed over to you and he's talking about the gilchrist and that one word
pulls the whole all the sides of the mystery together to made you just staring into the center of it
and there are other words like that
then unit of symbolism and there i speak especially of the paradise symbolism because at least in john's gospel he uses the paradise symbolism of the the to creation accounts of the first and second chapters of genesis as a means of pulling the whole new testament to get it pulling the whole mystery together now why
work of a and a the name or usually just of adam and adam corresponding to christ okay the first person and the last person adam the father of all the progenitor of all human beings and jesus the son of man who is the last one who collects them all into him so
so there's a kind of there's a key as okay the create your identity sacred history and pulls it all together in a very simple way now remember also that you are adam and i am at and your sister is that are know as adamant is not it's not a meant to be agenda word go it's the one humanity the prime of the
primordial a human person who was also the last human person jesus has i'm the beginning in the end
and when you when you get into that symbolism therefore you're pulling everything together and relating it immediately to the individual as well as we are in adam so we are also in christ
so it's very powerful means in john's gospel of pulling it all together especially in chapter twenty and towards the end of count gospel
but in other but now there's a writer on mark's gospel as we circled around and says that the title son of man which is uses for himself always as this adam reference to it
so that money should we is referring to himself as the sort of managed referring to himself as this
primordial this primal human being who contains all humanity within himself and therefore as he walks around among you you see him as a central point which is attracting everything like keep ourselves and everything else to show to bring them all together into god okay
so that languages is accompanied by her soaked in this unit tips and so and you find a lot of the symbolism of
of the garden or the place the special place for good heroes erosion our chapters three and four
and the sabbath is another creation term your another genesis term and the tree the tree of life often it is just another tree and gooding across smoking and the the central place oliver and was going into this first place the
place of the of the creation as it was the place which is in got before the eviction before the the separation and division and the river of living waters
if you read john with an attention to that kind of symbolism you'll be amazed at what what comes out
also the symbolism of the city and of the template of the holy of holies those are all centers successive centers
which are often associated with the paradise symbolism and the promised land and the sabbath rest
never mind i'm sorry to take so long with this especially if was already read this terrible irony and paradox i put them all together even though they're especially powerful is something different but these are places where obscurity is used in order to communicate it's a kind of political the violent use of the app
pathetic were obscured is used in order to as it were force year to two and a unity of insight which my present god
where the difficulty the obscurity the opaqueness of the text is exactly that which the it puts darkness before you it darkens your mind so that the unity of like may flash
so that you may have for perception and awakening of the whole knowledge of the one dollar
you don't have to agree with that i think you'll find it and verifies hm
he was wonderful parables and mercy rule like the prodigal son now it's so evidently you to known samaritan or a medium reading this week coming up the sky on luke acts it's interesting now seem to return these some just christological title switch can have your lunch
current center for the sense of you their of christ is border can sue to abide your net worth a try i says the good shepherd a i also the messiah especially the messiah christ came our crystals because the anointed one what say and i didn't want a knighthood is anointed with the holy spirit which makes you one with him that was what makes you the child
of god in him okay so his anointing that member where
was it somewhere it's an act or the and that's one of the the faithful were called christians for the first time cristianos now that word christian carries the word anointing whether it that carries christos with it or messianic whatever it is from the hero it carries the anointing with it so the christian as the anointed one just as the crow
priced is the united on and the anointing as this area unit of and think of the holy spirit that is of the divine unity of being so to as a unit of total a number of them are you shape
as a horse doing things crisis you on
we're casting europeans only situations it separate us area is already becoming price nurture and they tend to be pulled together into the one what would you call it healing of the resurrection okay that is jesus going into doesn't coming out of again and are coming out of it in him the healings tend to be
the reflections of that and the exorcism the casting out of women for instance of which there's so many and marked cause for i think implicitly or the the the purifying of the house so that the unity of spirit of god can come and dwell in that house so even they have a yellow to member of the demon was legion jesus says what's your name and he says
my name is regent for what many a curious thing with one and many at the same time so jesus casts him out and thus claims that house which is the human being and it's not just one demoniac it's everybody adjusted to the one humanity that one have an ocean as it were which is cleansing so that the one the unity of spirit and comes
to it and bring it together in unity which has got so
so without forcing a lot of those text too much the the unity of thing is fairly close to the surface
even in places where you have a member of the the servants and a vineyard the vineyard capers who come at the first hour and the third hour and nine eleventh hour and they all get a penny they'll get the same the same day pay
so what's the penny watch them in areas but what everyone's
and all of the banquet change and on the parallels with a wedding banquet what is their wedding because the wedding banquet is the unity of being of god open to participation and were all we all get married and we all drink of that i'm which is the unit to as it were a africa
the elder son and the parable of the prodigal son doesn't want to go in so that's our refusal of that hobby going for that sharing for the feast of very being the one day god
okay then the recognition and conversion change in the gospel when you see a woman come out the touch jesus kind of jesus cloak or something like that and she knows she's healed with an oven and suddenly you know she's filled with with face and wonder what's happening there it's that
at one thing that one reality show this whole business are looking for them aside when you look at where you looking for the one we've been waiting for the one we've had we've got a lot got a lot of people preach to as where's the real one which where's that one
and so that recognition which accompanies sometimes healing sometimes just encountering jesus you know when that when the light comes on at recognition of of what that is what that has appeared in the middle of the world this one reality that just loaded with that kind of experience and and it's an invitation to us to
enter into that experience of the recognition once again jesus
our own encounter with jesus through the the figure of cases and the gospels see that's that's trying to happen to us again and again and again whenever at power that light flashes out abuses it's an invitation to us once again to experience that whatever it is now for whatever it is was the unity of viewing of guy
it's the only thing it's the only reality the one thing the light to light latest their what like the only like there's only one nine and it's the same light that lights up inside of it
so the not your the new testament tends to work like that in other words it's not telling you about science of not telling you about contemplation abstractly for doesn't make about them judging about the experience with the spirit and it's not showing you one person who has just had a contemplative experience is something like that yeah
it's somehow drawing you in through the luminosity of what it contains and what it presents which is all centered in the figure of jesus drawing you into that experience which is an imperative recognition but the recognition and jesus is actually the awakening yourself with the same snake
no where jesus john it's marvelous uses that i am expression was it mean for a human being for a man to say i am is the only saying that so that we will twelve down at his feet of as saying that so that we will realize whenever we reflect on her own identity whenever we say i am so that will feel within us that rez
it's that surge of the of the i am a god of the divine being which has given to us and him so when he says that he's saying that for us in some way the i am of jesus becomes in some way around when just say not just our confession of faith but our affirmation or amen as it were
so affirmation becomes what would you call it a residence
an expression a container of the of the being a good
okay then they're crunchy texture i put the first letter of john at the beginning because country there's anything else went unnoticed time which is so so so loaded for this military experience
but before taking a few examples from that father joseph brought up to effectively synoptic gospels were missing hair which is an unforgivable be such not vicious snow
and he mentioned one or two most not one wonderful on his at the place where jesus says she's is exalted in the holy spirit that i thank you father for having hidden this from the the wise and time and you can just see jesus at that point just filled with that with that experience that an experience of the one and talking about the this
smart ones who can't somehow
can't receive that because i know too much whose light in darkness in some way because it checked out the unity right we have to ask us or what kind of knowledge that is the checks out the real knowledge
so that's in
look ten
twenty one and two thousand and four and then you've got matthew eleven twenty five to thirty which
which corresponds to that and which adds something as well
another place i think that but officials of robbing oh yeah yeahs the choose choosing awesome
the sea route and
there was also wonderful those to and and wedges has come to me now i'm
and or you were heavy laden and not it's almost like is inviting and heavily related like like martha there and i was busy there are many things as he's inviting you into that place and the yoke the yoke which joins you know invites you to take on my yoke and it's ironic because a yoga something heavy but this yolk is a very discovery of to cook
the divine one in which burden simply become already call it irrelevant in some way and this experience of the divine being experience of the divine oneness is the multiplicity and somewhere that ways this town on the division but to find the meaning which goes all the way down to the center to the court which is this one
so god is to find the arrested he talks to them
and that's of course also as the voice of lady wisdom in the old testament isn't reflected their come to me that language as the languages the field
another place in matthew as matthew sixteen at the when jesus says to the apostles he a would amend say that i am then who do you say that i and bitter leaf jones as you're the christ crush dissent of the living god and jesus says not flesh and blood haven't revealed this to you but my father who isn't heaven so there you got caught
don't have you've got a
you've gotta kind of recognition but there's a lot more than just like factual recognition just that the coming of the titans are a lot more happening so i think it's one certainly wanted and mark you've got the baptism of jesus from especially where the heavens were opened and shown once again you got contacting say well that's not it is not it
put a unit it's an aura that it is the content the the expressions that are used that heavens are open the the holy spirit comes down in a visible form as the dumb and sean are nearly what would you call it external or concrete particular as asians of that central thing
it's happening and but this is the great comet of rampage and then also of course the transfiguration and alteration optic gospels on a mountaintop where they see jesus filled with this is flight especially as it interpreted that as a guest tradition of the uncreated like a skinny
and being seen in a human being which means that what you're really experiencing their with the disciples are really experiencing is that same light within their own destiny within their own self as it's going to blossom after the resurrection
really have now passed a similar amount of the attitudes i'm thinking that result accustomed to this moralistic reading and the attitudes and now if if you know if you aren't for it spirit you won't enter the kingdom on m and last year pure of heart of the what if you to see on treasure that they try to have reduced
due to the moralistic usually but there's the real meaning of the communication gosnell south and blessings god and try and be like god be like the son of god you can imagine it's not that not this is the evolve and the along you know that but now and turn and show
and you can just imagine i'm sitting there around again jesus say i'm always on the map
and is there at the center and they're watching them and they're hearing these words in this thing and she was just opening up and the see this realization less that are you an experience
here's a very good
i think you can you can find that very generally in the new testament that it's impossible to say where it begins in work statutes especially blessed are you
and we says to the type of lesser you because price you can see in religion gdp my kind of thing
it's a question hours to work to select them what to skip to let's get a just a taste of that first letter of town because i think it's very important

and here we may seem to be stretching things but i don't think so

first of all the first chapter right at the beginning and this prologue on the first photo john crash munching the prologue and the gospel of john to okay it's a similar kind of formal peace center with a similar content at first he talks about that which was from the beginning which we have heard what we have seen
does it mean to hear and see that which was from the beginning it doesn't just mean the beginning of jesus' pasto at the beginning of their knowing him because remember you've got the same expression at the beginning of the prologue of john's gospel so that means what really was from the beginning that means that the light that was from the beginning the one who was for
the beginning the additive being of god we have seen with our eyes which is incredible and heard with areas which is impossible and touched her their hands is even more impossible and we'd tell you about the the only important thing that ever happened in the world but then take them so that you may have fellowship with us and our fellowship is
with him and we gotta follow it now the fellowship sounds like a bond there doesn't have a town like a transaction sounds like something between something transmitted but it's not the word is going on here and what it is is this very word of life which has been poured out now and which is within us we saw we heard it we showed me her
it outside of are smoking in the word and now we experience it in ourselves and uniting ourselves among ourselves and in spirit and that's the sequence that's the way it goes from the revelation to the unit to being in this one reality
so that's a kind of overture to this letter which is just to have filled with the same kind of experience
for instance in the versus just following god is light and in him is no darkness if we say we have fellowship not as same word koinonia with him while we work and is a question of having fellowship with this like another as participating in this light which is got the divine light john is not stingy
a keeping boundaries and you know
maintaining order to quality the separateness of the creature from that god
god is light and we are endless light that was somehow that's one of the ways in which we share the being of good
but he says if you claim to share the being of god and the light and you don't share the being of gotta love and you're a liar okay he said some others a continuity an absolute continuity between the light and love because god is light and gotta love position and later in the same in the same letter and you can't have one really without
having the other and i think there's a kind of a history of the it does it is a sequence there and noticed a sequence from the the word of life that we've seen and heard to the fellowship and now from the light to the love and the same sequence
and you'll find that everyone in addition we've referred to encourage of moving from a baptismal moment to the eucharistic mom
no expression for the very first name is the redshift you know there's a and physics a brand-new of the owner of this
as you move away from let's say you're moving away from a star from a white star and as you move away from it since you're moving the light that you'd get from the star will change in its frequency and its way like so it moves from white towards
read as you move away from it okay the red shift
water okay that's because you're not stationary if you are stationary and the star was stationary and the white light would be white to to we could do because you're moving your moving away it becomes red machine surely to connect fabrics with what's happening here in the new testament but somehow this is a general a general dynamism and also when you're doing
know i contemplate and think of the neoplatonic a great notion of contemplation okay as
as or or the the buddhist notion especially of contemplative experience
a kind of a luminous emptiness
a kind of white light up
beyond or being in some sense and here on grabbed doing violence to to what they say life but a general idea of the the absolute dominance absolute also in early christianity and need somebody like a bag various product as okay where he talks about theology at the the
knowledge of god the absolute knowledge of gun and then look at the new testament and you'll see the same kind of ship the same kind of movement from the the pure as it were transparency
which we've been talking about also as we are about dismal towards something which is more effective which is more a matter of heart than deep contemplative intellect or simply man with sometimes becoming more human and is moving you might save from light to
fire from
light or knowledge to love and so on and i've been pretty clumsy about desperate it is what got something to show and even with our own history as move this is the sign of crusher the expanding universe is this redshift if you look at a distant galaxy the stars are they look
rather because it's moving away from us and we're moving away from it at a rapid rate has got something to do with the movement of history and the fact that spirituality it's not them a dog that kind of which might not talking about it in a static context we're talking about in a context of movement of something parallel to an expanding universe the
a movement of history and that some as to do with this shift and we find whether we compared say christian contemplation the ghoulish contemplation or whether we can look at this woman inside the the christian
christian economy and so from the light to the love which is it necessary fruition
and as fascinating to attach a right to baptism this illumination was come and if not the to eucharist as company yes and vaccine has this think that the seven seconds aren't all of the sea level two people center is that eucharist in every the gnosis and function to it said even acknowledges it comes first
chronologically it's as preparation proper duty to be into you cruise so you can be something like that awesome names of illumination but not just stay there that's right let's see the light of service dynamic the light us to go somewhere it doesn't want to stay as life it's like isaiah fifty five persons remember herzliya
the rain and snow come down from heaven and sink into the earth and come forth and the reign of there's not want to turn into something and they have to do something they don't want to remain managed somebody the light itself doesn't remain as right that's one of the other things have been conducted like we think that it's kind of work towards greater and greater look illumination and then you get these stories to
if your people on and say well i had enormous contemplative experience before given in the monastery and and i never did again
and you begin to wonder whether something wrong it's partly i think because the light comes on the beginning the illumination is the beginning of life and what comes afterwards is a kind of transformation in which the light itself has transformed and which your trench one
we don't want from from illumination to illumination from splendor to splendor and on a level of the of experience itself and i this is a big story and but will come back to it later on
the final movement of transformation into love
it's like known some kind of abortion of the the light which wants to be continue be born and other way
i wanted especially to find out a section on the anointing of chapter two
twenty two twenty seven
you have been anointed by the holy one and you all know know where they know nothing in particular they just dropped they know everything
cousin does a certain energy which is in charge of which knows everything
the the the energy of the spirit as a good
which is which is somehow all wisdom everything else is just the notes but dutch the at the music
not because you don't acknowledge as but because you know it and know that novi as of the truth
but what you heard from the beginning abide in you now what is this that they heard them it's the gospel but it's also got to do with their baptism the in writing i'm convinced as the baptismal grace the anointing as the anointing you i'd share with the word with a light with the truth but especially thought of as the baptismal illumination
one in which the whole gospel somehow is contained after they've heard the catechesis after there are other words it's the baptism at so that illumination of which makes the words present as one thing within themselves which is identical with them shows in some way we talked about christ and uniting and chris
kitchen and that's what this is about mushy that an awning which is the very annoying however with the wisdom of god who is jesus the word of god
the anointing which he received from him a by junior and you have no need that anyone should teach you so he'll say at this point to d annoying a and you and you must abide in the annoying and he'll say in another place abide in him and let him abide in here and then they'll say in another place or biden god's love and that law
other biden you another switzer spirit dwells anyone soon as she it's all want or just expressions for the same one reality which eludes language because it's so big that it includes or language
as his anointing teaches you about everything and is true and is no lie just as it has taught you abide in him
so abide in the anointing it abides a new in the new abide in him shall circular and frustrating languages until we realized that this one thing that it's trying to get across to us i'm not really trying to get across to is trying to awaken within us because it belongs to us when he talked about the anointing in this is like that initiation
into the initiation you have received us now as it awakened within you are you aware of this have you forgotten are you still do you still know this are you still living in the light of this which you have and what you have become
i think we'd probably shuttered quit and instead of just trying to her go on to that section for that spend one more section on as division for that is i want to shake up the baptismal thing explicitly and
tried to show her baptism and contemplation and therefore baptism and the monastic life with its contemplative core and this unit of self involved in that are directly and continuity of here have a right there together so much as doesn't divulge directly from baptism and this cunt
awakening or knowledge light was right in the center of
so lets you can read that section for anywhere we might get to start it or we might spend the whole next time just a concluding this christian and especially with the consideration of baptism and the contemplative experienced the idea of i'll bring in another murder texture to to help for them
i'm martin text that a pretty well here and the inner experience but i noticed in a new man last two sections of the new man are entirely concerned with the baptismal experience the easter vigil and this new being
the next to last chapter is called sacramento illumination and what that's about as the baptismal elimination
and in the final chapter is called called out of darkness and where that image comes from is the easter vigil and the member the the fire that comes out of iraq and then the connection of that with baptism
so that's that's the core of the whole thing so much a precious resource last two chapters of her new man
there are also cut wood passage these conjectures are guilty bystander like to bring it to show the connection of monastic life and it's it's own how many but its own affinity for the morning for the dawn for vigils and sought for this baptismal thing and then would be conducted experience itself and contemplative life
okay thank you
the key think sounds like to eat and all that you're saying is that there there comes a moment when for a moment when all this all this is colleague contained within its baptism and all that you're saying liturgy and easter vigil and i are always saying that offices with us
and the key the key element is the awakening that's or and that happens even though it's all there is if it's like wants to emerge wants to come the wife wants to be born with it exploded you can say i try to move from the light of the recipe
and that happens for each person at different times
and it's a matter of south of it's waiting for that well originally i think it was a lot more politico a lot more predictable and that it usually accompanied the baptismal experience now the first part i don't mean so much the the the redshift at this point the key for initial elimination seems to have been further consistently rate
experienced and and made baptismal ever which is in our experience now it's not our experience we were baptized as entrance and we may have never had an awakening or we may have not waking of which we never identified with baptism she we didn't make the connection nobody told us to make the connection because our tradition has been very much alienated from initiation
it's beginning to be recovered now from several directions but a lot of our our famous rotarian so how do we get back into intimacy with that original initiation experience and the fullness that china you know and that that lightened to start again from the fullness of that life when the necessary that of dynamism of the light to move toward
it's on the own village and then an excessive it's not a matter to them from a nations from patients are making it's rather illumination transportation work that time at church not sure the like disappears into the darkness becomes fire transforming from within and and that's that's even more
australia happened in history and in the individual i think but in the world itself you know as christianity in a sense as each light may seem to go into eclipse the invitation as to discover the fire and snide that's changing the whole the whole earth the guzman
yes which brings it down long as the humor in yeah love is the key word i miss including point a piece of christ you can all stamp and will be downloaded mama like new in my something i keep yourself santa cruz you are not sure the love needs to be a woman
noted that you know anything it's likely have to go back and forth just like we are that first moment a new yorkers where we are the
confession of center the beginning the a cushion of the penitential mom new yorkers it's likely have to put ourselves back in the light of the word and say am i really living in love and then we start over but the passenger from holding back on track yeah so that the love it love is the point but without the light loves turn
and something else itself just as the like somehow turns into something else if it doesn't look like love the love without the light will go bad the latest side of the salt the again and again reno's the love and it's non-essential true character those people have negative impact as yeah they can not there yet
well just that holy spirit gods a lot freer than we think and the thing is a gun doesn't doesn't make somebody and just leave him on the shelf and your warehouse now every everybody's everybody's somehow an intimate touch with god
even the people who have never heard of christ they've gotta be how can you imagine a human life that and and has no relation to god that has no opportunity to conventional the and and rings yeah
and to lie to the or constant irritation cylinder the attempt at a life it is now sure tend to to know when she gets between you and then all kinds of variations of people who are exhibiting so the trick is to verify that in
the experience perhaps
the community to commute is larger and then we come back to the word which is light and the word again and again logical that criticizes i love that
gauges levin says whether it's due to a children