Today’s blog is about the power of observation and having the courage to see the truth as it unfolds right before our eyes. In other words, making use of our prophetic gifts AND using these prophetic gifts to see what is happening in the world around us and making way for something new.
“Prophets are people who speak out when others remain silent. They are watchful of the areas in need of reform in their own society, their own country, or their own religious institutions. True prophets are not part of the authority structure. Prophets are never appointed, ordained or anointed by the religious establishment. They experience a special calling that comes directly from God, and their message comes from their own personal experience of God. Any attempts to practice the same spirituality of Jesus would entail learning how to speak out boldly as he did – and face the consequences.” – Jesus Today -a Spirituality of Radical Freedom by Fr. Albert Nolan, OSD
According to Fr. Nolan’s definition above, I am a prophet. No, I do not own a scrying mirror or a crystal ball and I do not use divination tools in order that I might predict the future. I don’t need them. I am, as Fr. Nolan describes, a different kind of prophet. A prophet, as is referred to in scripture, is someone who has eyes wide open and who through observation of the sign of the times, can identify where things are going and what is likely to take place. My friends, and the people to whom I have ministered can attest to the fact that I have these gifts. I know that these are gifts given to me by God and at 47 years old, I can no longer hide these gifts under a bushel basket. Apparently it is my job to see the truth and help others to see it as well.
The World, She is a Changin’
You do not need to be a prophet to see that the world around us is changing. Climate and weather patterns are shifting. The world economies are collapsing. In our country, healthcare, education, government, corporations are struggling. The rich are getting richer, the poor are getting poorer and the middle class is disappearing. In my own little area of expertise – God and Church stuff……the Catholic Church has become the forebearer of the demise of everything rooted in the patriarchical, hierarchical model, boldly leading the way as the Vatican clings to nostalgia and distractions as a way to respond to their fear over the loss of power and control.
The Age of the Holy Spirit
To put it in theistic language, I believe that what we are observing is the advent of The Age of the Holy Spirit. Joachim de Fiore (1135 C.E. – 1202 C.E.) used this term when he foretold an era: when mankind was to come in direct contact with God, reaching the total freedom preached by the Christian message. The Kingdom of the Holy Spirit, a new dispensation of universal love, would proceed from the Gospel of Christ, but transcend the letter of it. In this new Age the ecclesiastical organization would be replaced and the Order of the Just would rule the Church. According to Joachim, only in this third Age will it be possible to really understand the words of God in its deepest meanings, and not merely literally. In other words, the laity will become empowered to know God PERSONALLY and to discern the law of God that resides within their own hearts. No longer would we have need of a hierarchical, patriarchal institution to guide or interceded for us. The need for an intermediary will pass away because our relationship with God through Christ would be direct (that does not, however, mean that we would no longer benefit from gathering in community…we are supported, held accountable and remain humble when we gather in community.)
Applying this to the World At Large
Now, let’s apply this Age of the Holy Spirit concept to what is happening in the world at-large. The way I see it, all those things that have been built upon fear, power and control, all those institutions rooted in a top-down, power-over model are quickly falling away….and they fall quicker every day! Why? Because as a species, we have come to understand that this model is no longer working (if it ever really did) and we are ready for SOMETHING NEW! What is that something new? We don’t yet know because it has not yet fully emerged. I sense the old might need to completely implode upon itself before the new will fully come into being……but there are signs of good things afoot (just open your eyes and look around for those things that are rooted in love, working toward compassion and justice, striving for collaboration and harmony, based in understanding and acceptance.) And here is a just a little glimpse of the “New World” as I see it and a song that describes it!
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