24. Apr, 2014

OUR SHINING ORIGINS

We were all born of our parents of course, but Meister Eckhart (1260-1329) raises the stakes much higher. 'God Himself has sown this seed, inserted it and borne it. Thus while this seed may be crowded, hidden away, and never cultivated, it will never be obliterated. It glows and shines, gives off light, burns, and is unceasingly inclined toward God.' When we reflect on the implications of Eckhart's words, we momentarily may feel an uplifting of our spirits. We realise that we are not really objects in a corporate world ( Just think of the vast bonus overpayments at Barclays Bank and others). This divine acquisence to our particular birth, endows us with potential strength to fight for social justice. We are of course free to ignore that invitation, which it is, and divert our energies into the fog of endless little pleasures. As for capitalists themselves, they should meditate on whether they do give off a light that is 'inclined toward God.' Our own society is undergoing a compression of change at all levels. For this very reason, we need to hold firmly to the simple image of the shining seed. It has implications for our daily work and social relationships where we can so easily be swept into a channel of tumult and dislocation (think Syria or Ukraine e.g.). 'No man can serve two masters. Everything is drawn to what best fulfils it, and in our ultimate goal we pursue what so fulfils our desires, so as to leave nothing else to be desired.' (Thomas Aquinas 1225- 1274). Here Aquinas reminds us that we are wasting our energy by ignoring the search for the ultimate Truth, which is God. Each of us will journey on that path in our own way, but journey we must for our personal good and the good of others. Thank you. Tom Baxter