“Wouldn’t it be our last and greatest humiliation, if one day we realized that all other creatures have obeyed their destiny with a kind of humility and with trustful surrender? All, except us.” (Fr. Richard Rohr, Adapted from Radical Grace, Vol. 23, No. 2, p. 3)
In the John Wayne movie, Big Jake, he has a dog named “Dog”. When the Duke wants him to attack he simply says “Dog” and the beast just tears into some poor ruthless outlaw without hesitation. When the Duke wants him to stop, he simply says, “Dog” and the animal obeys, completely on the same thought process of mind with the man.
“That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one”
Our lives are always about something bigger; the crust of the pie may look great but the filling is what drives our passions. When I consider a Strawberry-Rhubarb over a Sour Cream and Raisin this makes perfect sense. Christ prays that we would see beyond the exterior, to be like minded with Him. That’s deep stuff; sometimes too deep for us in the practical moments of life; we say, we just can’t go tearing into this or that, “How might that look?” Humility and trustful surrender are difficult measures for most men, obeying a simple promise, much easier said than done; however, this is where we experience hope and our lives truly live and breath. After praying, Jesus came to His disciples and said: “Why are you sleeping?” Ain’t it so.