Which world do you choose?

Believe what you want regarding destiny.  You may believe in a future course that is divinely preordained, one that is a product of pure chance, or something in between.  I’ve yet to encounter anyone who can say and demonstrate that they have figured it out.


I think it’s a logical conclusion that we humans do not know what lies in the path of our human journey.  


There is no escaping another logical conclusion.  We will as a species experience whatever is to come.  

We will live life…

We will endure life…

We will experience life…

Forever, or until it ends.

Simple. Logical. Indisputable.

How would you like to live until then?

Until we die out and cease to exist, until we transcend our physical constraints and evolve into something different, or until we just continue to go on.

What kind of existence do you want?

Do you want an existence marked predominantly by hate, war, selfishness, intolerance, and violent retribution and revenge?

Our would you prefer an existence defined by love, peace, compassion, inclusion, selflessness, and non-violent social justice?

It is a choice.

I prefer the latter.  Regardless of any master plan or lack there of.

I would rather live in a world where all of humanity is unified in their desire to craft the best possible existence, than any other alternative.

But how? 

I believe that the only way to answer that question is to begin with an honest confession.

I don’t know.

What I do know is that I can do my part by living every day in a manner that reflects my vision of the world in which I want to live.

I refuse to acknowledge or engage those who are actively working against this ideal.  I’m happy to include them… To love them… To be compassionate toward them… But, I don’t need to acknowledge, endorse, or support, what I believe are misguided words, deeds, actions, and ideals.

Instead, I choose to…

Respond to the hateful by loving them.

Respond to a lack of compassion with an act of compassion.

Engage those who advocate violence by advocating peace and non-violence.

React to acts of ignorance and unjustified exclusion with wise actions that embrace inclusion.

Behave and live life reflective of my vision of the world in which I want to live.

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If There Is No God, We Don’t Make Sense

If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning — just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark.  Dark would be without meaning.  Similarly, the fact that eyes exist suggests that light must exist.  And the the fact that we have spiritual longings … the fact that we even have a meaningful category of thought and speech called spirituality … Suggests that there is some corresponding reality out there which we have the capacity to “sense”.  That capacity would be called faith, and that reality, God.

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (New York: Macmillan, 1943, p. 46)

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Skepticism and Doubt

The skeptic doubts one set of propositions because he believes another.  None of us live with absolute, unassailable certainly about anything; we all live by faith.  What someone thinks or feels absolutely certain of is really relative certainty.  It’s certainty based on faith that they are right.  The fact that they are certain is proof that they possess great faith. Likewise, one who doubts yet believes also demonstrates that some degree of faith is inescapable and runs through all that we claim to know.

Albert Einstein once said that there is no knowing without believing.

As far as the propositions of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.

The supreme task of the physicist is the search for those highly universal laws from which a picture of the world can be obtained by pure deduction.  There is no logical path leading to these laws.  They are only to be reached by intuition, based upon something like an intellectual love.

The mechanics of discovery are neither logical nor intellectual.  It’s a sudden illumination, almost a rapture.  Later, to be sure, intelligence and analysis and experiment confirm (or invalidate) the intuition.  But initially there is a great leap of the imagination.

— Albert Einstein 

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Faith defined simply 

Faith isn’t something you either have or don’t have, but something that ebbs and flows in the life and soul of every individual.  Doubt isn’t the opposite of faith.  It’s an element of faith.  Where there is absolute certainty, there can be no room for faith.

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THE commandment 

Where I am going, you cannot come.  I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.  Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.

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A Gospel Message Reflection

Today’s Gospel reading was John 21:1-14.

Consider the impact of what was being asked of the disciple fishermen Jesus spoke to.

Also consider that Jesus had established a message of Good News that the Kingdom of God was at hand… Right then…  Right there… And he challenged his followers with a message of transformation from a life framed by a culture of oppression, greed, and violence to one of compassion, inclusion, love, mercy, forgiveness, and social justice.

Ancient fishing boats of that day we’re all built in a common fashion that included a steering mechanism or rudder arm that was mounted on the RIGHT side of the boat.  In fact, the term for the right side of a vessel was starboard, a term that had in its origins the term for “steering”.  Steering was done from the right side of the boat.  This meant that the boat would pull to shore or the port and dock on the left side of the boat. Thus the left side became known as the port side.

Why is this relevant?

Because Jesus told these experienced fisherman to ignore all that they knew and to have faith in him.  To ignore the problems and impracticality of his suggestion and cast their nets on the right side of the boat.

Jesus was asking his followers to do what was not intuitive… What was contrary to common sense… Contrary to what they had always done.

When the disciples did as Jesus suggested they found their experience transformed and all were satisfied and pleased with the outcome.

This is what we are called to do today.  While we think we know that our way is right Jesus is telling us that we need to follow him and to something different… Something that is not intuitive and may not make common sense.  But we are being called to follow his way and experience the transformative change that will come to us and God’s kingdom on earth if we will only walk forward in faith!

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A transformative experience 

I’ve often read or listened to the passionate telling of a transformative spiritual experience.  The “mountaintop” experience, near death experience, or battle with a potentially terminal illness that leaves one changed.  


Forever different, with a new found certainty in their faith or particular belief system.

If I’m to be honest I have to admit that I’ve been envious of those who have had a transformative experience.

I’ve sat silent in group after group listening while various individuals recount the moment when they “accepted Christ” into their life, or “found their faith”, or were “born again”.

I didn’t used to sit silently.  But over time I began to feel that there must be something fundamentally wrong with me…  My soul… My being…  

There must be something wrong with me because I’ve clearly been on a spiritual quest for a very long time.  And while I may have learned a lot, I’ve somehow managed to miss the “Ah ha” transformative moment.


Maybe I missed it because I was looking in the wrong places for the wrong things.

Maybe I missed the forest because I was looking for specific trees.

I now understand that MY transformative experience has been and remains the journey itself.  MY mountaintop experience doesn’t have to be a single defining moment.  It can instead be a single defining life.

I’ve felt a call to share my journey with others.  I’ve felt that this was the way that I could contribute most significantly to the human spirit and help to realize what Jesus meant when he spoke of the Kingdom of God being among us then – and now.

I now see that one way to share my journey is to begin by sharing my vision of my destination.  After all, is it not the allure of the glory of the destination that motivates us to take the journey?

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