BE JESUS TODAY!
During the last ten years, I’ve had the privilege of two Celtic retreats
in Glendalough, Ireland and Iona, Scotland. The Celts, of old and today,
pray to “God of the Elements.” You can see why in these holy places.
In Glendalough, standing by the upper or lower lakes, habitat of St. Kevin,
in pouring rain with clouds obscuring the nearby Wicklow Mountains, one feels
the elements. You can see the wind whip waves in the lake and hear
On Iona, monastery island of St. Columba, standing on a farmer’s hilltop
with sheep baying nearby, looking below at waves crashing against the rocky
shore, one feels the elements. Again, it’s stormy and the wind whips
its gales. In both places I prayed to our “God of the Elements” to
give me the strength and courage to be best self in my world.
Celts pray to our “God of the Elements” because they are so close to the
earth, sea and sky, and feel at one with the universe. Don’t you feel
this oneness sometimes too? It’s awesome, a rootedness and a challenge.
It’s a oneness with God and the Universe.
This is part of what John speaks of, as we must “be begotten of water and
the spirit.” We are the presence of the Messiah, the presence of the
Holy Spirit in our world. Today our world is full of many stormy elements.
We, who are baptized and confirmed as members of the Christian community,
are called to proclaim Jesus’ presence now. For some of us, this means
calling for peace in our troubled political era. Some are called to
be healers of emotionally, or physically, or spiritually hurting people.
Some are called to be leaders of integrity and positive ethical behaviors
in businesses and in churches. Some are called to minister as Moms
and Dads and teach their children how to be mature, loving and serving people.
Whatever our call, we often need strength and courage to live our beliefs
and values. Who better to ask for the strength than our “God of the
Elements”? This God who loves each of us deeply and wants us to be
Jesus’ ward to our world. This God’s love for us is magnificent and
so, so powerful.