1. Dec, 2013

BIRTH PAINS

'We are all meant to be mothers of God, for God is always needing to be born'. (Meister Eckhart - 1260-1329). Here Eckhart beautifully summarises the essence of all decision making and actions, whether social, political, individual or national. Each time we are confronted with the making of a decision, the reality of that moment is that God is there watching over our shoulder, giving us the support to make an ethical choice at whatever level is appropiate. For those of us who do not accept there is a God, then choice comes down to either ideological or psychological levels. Namely, am I a relativist whereby everything philosophically is equal, or am I primarily following my feelings of control and dominance, the classic "us and them" confrontation ?  By accepting Eckhart's statement, we are reminded of our global as well as our interpersonal responsibilities at every moment we are actioning.

Yet sometimes birth can be very painful. The helicopter crash yesterday in Glasgow through to major national catastophes reminds us that birthing God is not easy. Mechtild of Magdeburg (1210-1280) says that the Creator has given us two wines to drink: the white wine of bliss and harmony, and the red wine of pain, suffering and loss'. If we take catastophes as an example, we can see how true that is, because the evil of suffering is balanced eventually by heroic coming together. This fires us to reflect more deeply on the quality of how we mother God. ' He is the first pattern of all creatures. Material plurality cannot be a goal, for it has no determinate limit, and what is without end, cannot be an end.' (St.Thomas Aquinas 1225-1274). 

So to be a good mother of God, it would be helpful to slow down a little before rushing into judgements; to re-balance our spiritual selves with our active selves so that each is serving the other, and to be mindful that mothering softens pain. Thank you, Tom Baxter