Images are revealed
to humanity while the
light within them is hidden
by the brilliance of
the Father’s light.
It is God who is being revealed,
but the image of God
by the blaze of light.
Translation: Lynn Bauman in
The Gospel of Thomas: Wisdom of the Twin
The First Response:
Are we not a dance of image and icon?
Like naming and thinking we know,
like holding a solid fact and
believing we understand the dynamic
gray ever-becoming motion
within the black and white,
we are shot through with images of God,
but until they burn,
until we have touched the dust with our damp
rubbed and seen
how we can wear a cross on our forehead for a time
then wash it away,
but never be free of it
how to see within each seed,
each pair of eyes searching our own,
Journey through Logos:
In every major religion of the world, we are told that we cannot see God. That our limited nature will not allow us to hold everything that God is, and so we perceive it as light, as the full, blazing creative energy that reveals as much as it conceals.
Icons, statues, stained glass windows and texts all offer us a glimpse at God, and all limit God at the same time. We need our objectifications when we begin our relationship with the Mystery. But there will come a time when we must understand them for what they are—so many lenses and none of the capturing the full extent of God.
As we come into reigning out of that understanding, we begin to see ourselves, too, as valid expression of the Living One, fully empowered and asked to enter into compassionate relationship with all of life. We then become a light, a way for others to begin to turn toward God and see through our lives the creative outpouring of our Source.
Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:
By whatever means I must get the direct realization of the Lord. The religion of today consists in repeating the name of God every now and then, in praying to Him in the presence of everybody and in showing people how religious one is; I do not want it. If the is there, then there must be a way of experiencing His existence, of realizing His presence; however hard the path, I have taken a firm resolution to follow it...
Hard is it to be in the world, free, yet living the life of ordinary men; but because it is hard, therefore it must be attempted and accomplished.
What image of God do you hold dear? Are you able to perceive not just it but yourself as a lens through which the light of God can shine? Why or why not? What ramifications does this have for your life? For the lives of others?
We reign when we understand that we blaze with the light of God, and become an avenue for that wisdom and compassion to enter into relationship with creation.
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