My “Surrender” piece on the home page, and my blog post which expands on it, are creating some angry or confused reactions. I anticipated that, to an extent, and wish I were a better writer, so there would be less confusion, less anger. Fortunately, the Holy Spirit has, via Taylor Marshall, provided a visual aid that touches on my point: our lives are not really ours. The world is not ours. Civilization, even…is not ours:
Look at the picture, and tell me who triumphed. Who won? Your answer is the answer most will agree with. The priest has taken care of what mattered most: his relationship to Christ. The rest is passing. The battle has always raged and it always will. The job of the Christian is to take care of that first thing – the interior relationship with Christ. And then take that into the world, with absolute trust that God, finally, triumphs, no matter what it looks like to the rest of us, in our limited understanding.
It sort of goes well with this excellent recording of yesterday’s readings:
You belong to God, children, and you have conquered them,
for the one who is in you
is greater than the one who is in the world.
They belong to the world;
accordingly, their teaching belongs to the world,
and the world listens to them.
We belong to God, and anyone who knows God listens to us,
while anyone who does not belong to God refuses to hear us.
This is how we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of deceit.
– 1 John 4;4-6