Let’s ponder on the big picture, get some perspective on this mystery.

Imagine, when one considers the universe, the vastness of the earth, the human being is really like a grain of sand on the seashore, we are smaller and weaker than a blade of grass, a speck of dust, a drop on water in the ocean….the mountains humble us, even the trees tell us how insignificant we are…

At the same time there is within us a great realization that the stuff of the stars is in our being. We are part of, and live within the magnificence of earth. We have commonality with all that surrounds us and more. We have consciousness, we know that we know…

Is it no wonder the little isolated self, the tiny ego, the separated, fearful self is so eager for power over everything, so insecure as to hoard up everything, so lost as to find ourselves ever seeking prosperity, success, “getting on top” of it all? Yet the isolated, separated self remains unfulfilled, unsatisfied, and never at peace.

Imagine if we could move into a greater self, a larger self, a self that is deeply connected to earth, trees, sun, sand, water, ground, a universal self. Imagine what it would be like to be connected, so “in union with all that is” that we no longer need to be afraid. Imagine ourselves becoming like a “grounding” deeply in love, in union. As we surrender the little isolated ego, letting it go, we experience the power of Love melting us, molding us, filling us. Deep freedom and peace at last!

Imagine how we really are not a blade of grass but the whole field, not a drop of waterbut the ocean, not a speck of dust but the universe in union, communion.

Maybe the bigger picture is really what resurrection is all about. We share the life of God within us and in the universe. We are part of the one great soul that is the Holy Spirit, that is life and the love source of all that is, ourselves included.

So, the more the little ego dies, the more the universal self, the self in God, can live a deeper meaning of resurrection. Then, does not great compassion flow from us to everything? Then, does not the earth become a living thing that we reverence and care for? Then, does not life itself become precious? Does not everything become gift?

Do we possibly fine our deeper, universal selves really connected to the Mystery of Grace, the Spirit of Love, the beloved. We are one journeying through the process of death and resurrection. Maybe be a little more attentive to the reality of Resurrection…

"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. John 12:24

Just pondering…..Sister Mary Joan

The little self (ego) versus the universal self (love union.)

Sister Mary Joan