Reflections from The Hours of the Universe, by Ilia Delio
Our universe is grand and wide
It stretches like gum ready
To blow a bubble.
A universe indifferent to life
Yet the mother of all life.
It doesn’t know that it knows
Until we arrive.
The We Universe
Me Universe and You Universe
We are the conscious voice
Of the universe
But we are not all conscious
Of the universe voice
So we continue to stretch
Because the universe
Is not yet
The Many Still Search for the One.
One day it shall be so,
in the future.
And then we will know
The Source from
which we began.
For the End is
Who are You, O God?
Better yet, what are you?
You have a name but
I cannot see your face,
Or am I looking at it?
The philosophers say,
You are Being itself,
Being without contradiction
Not like the rest of us.
So you are not Us,
And we are not You.
But You are not You,
Without Us, and
We are not Us
Strange is this mystery
A mystery that arises
For You are something
And I am something Of You.
You are the Eternal One
Growing in time,
And I am in time,
Growing into Eternity.
Separation of terms
is an illusion,
like the Buddha said.
For if I did question who you are,
I would remain a mystery to myself
Creation flows from the fountain fullness
of creative energy,
Springing from a creative and dynamic Source of Love.
Relational, personal, generative, communicative
Spilling over on the canvass of space-time;
Creation is like a song
That flows in the most beautiful of harmonies.
What could possibly account for such
Creative beautify bubbling up
Could it be
The Beauty of Life itself,
A Divine community of Love?
Creation is a work of Art
And the Artist is a shole
As I write.
Not one person but
Interlocking creative energies of
How could I possibly know this,
Unless I am somehow – mysteriously–
Related to the
Which makes me a personal
Of an ongoing vision I can
But the vision grows within me
When my ego gets out of the way,
And I can see
For a brief moment,
A Radiant Wholeness
Was Jesus of Nazareth God?
Can we really ask this question, as if we might ask,
What is the inside of matter?
The patristic giants put on their heavy
Philosophical armory to tackle
Some said, “Yes,” Jesus was truly God.
Others said, “Maybe” but he was also
Still others said, the logic of natures
Demands a distinction of terms.
So the question become
A battleground of intellectual wits
A poor woman in a small village
Awoke every morning with the
words, “I believe.”
She believed without logical arguments,
She trusted without formal distinctions,
She surrendered in faith,
Throwing herself wholeheartedly
The arms of God.
She did not ask the question,
She was the question and
And God was the answer received
in a heart full of love.
For the logic of God,
Is the logic of love,
And one who lives in love
Lives in God
And God lives in her.
This is the Christ.
The Spirit blows where it wills.
Does the Spirit actually “blow” like wind?
Could something that “blows” like wind
Have a will?
Just think or imagine for a second,
The Spirit is not
The Metaxological person,
The Personal center of Betweenness.
Neither “this” nor “that”
But “this” and “that”
After all, how could any “thing” relate
If it was not first relatable?
The Spirit is the relatable person.
Which means, of course, that we are first
Spirit, since it is first “we” then “me.”
Which means we are first “this and that,” depth and
somewhere in-between, and then
Which means of course that this blowing Spirit
Is no willy-nilly
There is a mysterious center of attraction
To this unfathomable depth
Turning this relatable in-between
Energy of life into
The Spirit is Love-
Breathing life, and my life is
Which is why matter can never be lonely,
Gravity is matter’s response
the Spirit dances in quarks.
And Love pulls the whole
Though frightened for a moment by evolution,
the Christian now perceives that what it offers him is
but a magnificent means of feeling more at one with God
and of giving himself more to him.
In a pluralistic and static Nature,
the universal domination of Christ could,
still be regarded as an extrinsic
and super-imposed power.
In a spiritually converging world
this “Christic” energy
acquires an urgency and
intensity of another order altogether…
Christ invests himself organically
with the very majesty of his creation.
And it is in no way metaphorical
that man finds himself
capable of experiencing
and discovering his God
in the whole length,
breadth and depth of the world
To be able to say literally
that one loves him,
not only with all one’s body,
all one’s heart and
all one’s soul,
but with every fibre
of the unifying universe__
that is a prayer
that can only be made
Out of creative love;
A conscious intention
To be part of
The act of new creation,
Living on the edge of
The next moment of life.
But the suffering of returning
The good that the unforgiving heart
Wants to steal and covet
If we relate onto to the
Past deeds of others, we live
With dead remains;
But we are not really alive,
Not really living.
For to live is to love,
And to love is to create.
Forgiveness is the act of
Making a new future.
“Let the dead bury their own dead,”
How can the dead bury the dead?
That is how far down the unforgiving heart goes,
into the absurd dark hole of deadness,
where nothing breathes.
Jesus’s last breath was a word of forgiveness,
He broke through the barrier
of the heartened heart and loved
to the end that never ends.
Forgiveness is resurrected life,
The power of hope joins the power of love
And gives birth to the power
Of the future.
It is hard to say what death is like
While still in breathing skin.
Daylight fades or suddenly
And the unknown mystery
Springs up from the abyss of the soul and
Becomes Final, Fullness, Eternal.
The whole universe carried within
Is now brought to completion in
The Act of Death.
The Last breadth is now the First Act
of real freedom.
The source of life is now
The goal of life;
All relationships are gathered up
in a moment of profound reverie.
The Me forming through
Life’s loves and struggles
Is now revealed and permanently
Sealed on the heart of You–
For better or worse
Richer or poorer,
My “life” is now permanently entangled
With Your Life,
And the life of the Whole.
In death, my heart ceases but
My life continues in a glorious way
The way of Divine Love;
The process of my becoming spirals on.
I now join in the Great Work of Love
Living beyond the bounds of space-time
Permanently sealed on the heart of God
Whose only work is “loving the world”;
And in this work
I shall endure
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