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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Prayers of the People, The Cosmic Christ, 7th Sunday in the Season of Creation

for November 23, 20147th Sunday in SoC, Readings: Proverbs 8:22-36 [from The Message*], Ps 148, A Reading from the writings of Matthew Fox*
Matthew 25:31-45

...and neither is the Son younger than the Father,
   nor is the Father older than the Son;
   and the Holy Spirit breathes in them.
And the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit are inseparable.  from Tírechán’s Creed in The Patrician Texts of the Book of Armagh, AD 670 Dublin
       Christ has always been. Jesus became the Incarnation of the Christ, the manifestation of the love of God, the human-divine person, the self of God that we can come a bit closer to, in ways that resemble understanding, and yet is still filled with divine mystery.
       The New Testament is filled with images of the Incarnation of Christ that connects us one to another and all of us to the cosmos of  Creation, time, and space. The Letter to the Colossians, as one example, says: He is the image of the unseen God and the first-born of all creation, for in him were created all things in heaven and on earth: every thing visible and everything invisible...Before anything was created, he existed, and he holds all things in unity. [Col 1:15-17] And in these days as we discard divine mystery for "reality" and the health of the planet for financial gain, Matthew Fox gives us another view from Creation Spirituality: I believe the appropriate symbol of the Cosmic Christ who became incarnate in Jesus is that of Jesus as Mother Earth crucified yet rising daily...wounded, yet rising, Mother Earth blesses us each day as we wake from our sleep. [The Coming of the Cosmic Christ]  Let us reconsider our actions, return to the inconvenience of responding to the call of Christ, relinquish our indifference, live as if life is a gift from God - what have we to lose?


LET US, GOD’S PEOPLE, PRAY

Leader:  ~ Glorious Lord, Creator of Cosmic Wisdom, we come together today especially, to drink deeply of Your waters, awaken from our daily indifferences to You, and stop squandering the preciousness of each moment of life. Help us to give our best praises to You through our actions toward one another and to our Mother the Earth.

                        Incarnate Jesus, the Christ of All Peoples   
RESPONSE:      Teach us to see You in all faces and consciously embrace Your ways  
           
~ Glorious Lord, Creator of Cosmic Wisdom, let us call upon the leaders of this world, our country, and our community to cease using religion and the politics of power and greed to divide and threaten. Let us not be imprisoned together as strangers, but rather live peacefully together as members of Your One Family. We pray especially for: add your own petitions

                        Incarnate Jesus, the Christ of All Peoples
                        Teach us to see You in all faces and consciously embrace Your ways

~ Glorious Lord, Creator of Cosmic Wisdom, let us create harmony and healing together for all who suffer in spirit, soul, or body. We pray especially for: add your own petitions

                        Incarnate Jesus, the Christ of All Peoples
                        Teach us to see You in all faces and consciously embrace Your ways

~ Glorious Lord, Creator of Cosmic Wisdom, anoint the grieving with Your oil of compassion as You joyously receive and bless those now entering Your gracious eternal kingdom.  We pray especially for: add your own petitions

                        Incarnate Jesus, the Christ of All Peoples
                        Teach us to see You in all faces and consciously embrace Your ways

~ Glorious Lord, Creator of Cosmic Wisdom, we pause in this moment to offer You our other heartfelt intentions and petitions, aloud or silently …

                        Incarnate Jesus, the Christ of All Peoples
                        Teach us to see You in all faces and consciously embrace Your ways

~ Glorious Lord, Creator of Cosmic Wisdom, we ask Your special blessings upon those whose lives we depend upon for guidance and inspiration as we make our way to You through the gifts and trials of earthly life. We pray especially for: add your own petitions

                        Incarnate Jesus, the Christ of All Peoples
                        Teach us to see You in all faces and consciously embrace Your ways

The Celebrant adds: Son of Man, the Incarnation of Love, let us come before You, sheep and goats as we are, to receive and to give the blessing of Your hands, welcomed and welcoming as inheritors of the holy and sacred Kingdom. We offer our praise to You as Jesus our Christ, the Holy Spirit as the breath of the Trinity, and the Creator, who together before time, live and reign as one God, then, now, and into forever. Amen.


*1st Reading: Proverbs 8:22-36 [from The Message]

God sovereignly made me—the first, the basic—
  before he did anything else.
I was brought into being a long time ago,
  well before Earth got its start.
I arrived on the scene before Ocean,
  yes, even before Springs and Rivers and Lakes.
Before Mountains were sculpted and Hills took shape,
  I was already there, newborn;
Long before God stretched out Earth’s Horizons,
  and tended to the minute details of Soil and Weather,
And set Sky firmly in place,
  I was there.
When he mapped and gave borders to wild Ocean,
  built the vast vault of Heaven,
  and installed the fountains that fed Ocean,
When he drew a boundary for Sea,
  posted a sign that said no trespassing,
And then staked out Earth’s Foundations,
  I was right there with him, making sure everything fit.
Day after day I was there, with my joyful applause,
  always enjoying his company,
Delighted with the world of things and creatures,
  happily celebrating the human family.
So, my dear friends, listen carefully;
  those who embrace these my ways are most blessed.
Mark a life of discipline and live wisely;
  don’t squander your precious life.
Blessed the man, blessed the woman, who listens to me,
  awake and ready for me each morning,
  alert and responsive as I start my day’s work.
When you find me, you find life, real life,
  to say nothing of God’s good pleasure.
But if you wrong me, you damage your very soul;
  when you reject me, you’re flirting with death.


*2nd Reading: A Reading From the Writings of Matthew Fox

Listen to the Cosmic Christ, to Cosmic Wisdom calling all the children of God together: “Come children, drink of my waters which are all common waters. They are free and available to all my children. Drink of my wisdom from your own unique well. Let the Taoists drink and the Muslims drink; let the Jews drink and the Buddhists drink; let the Christians drink and let the native peoples drink. And then tell me: What have you drunk? How deeply have you imbibed my refreshment? What wet and running wisdom drips from inside you to the outside? What have you to share with others of my wisdom and harmonious living, of the dripping of the oils of compassion and the lubricants of your common anointings as my images, my other “Christs,” my co-creators of wisdom on earth? I am tired of your religious wars, your sectarian divisions, your crusading spirits that arise from disharmony. I long for harmony. If there must be competition, let it take place at the level of shared gifts and bountiful outpouring of wisdom. Pray together. Create harmony and healing together. Celebrate, praise, and thank together. Cease using religion to divide. Use it for its purpose, to reconnect to Mother Earth, to blessings, to the underground river that I am and that you all share. And cease scandalizing the young by your indifference to these awesome blessings, by your competition, and your boredom. Praise one another. Praise the earth. In doing so, you praise me.” Matthew Fox, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ, Harper and Row, San Francisco, 1988







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