Richard Rohr once wrote: When the crucifixion of Jesus is dramatized in the Gospels, we have this very interesting image of the tearing of the temple veil from top to bottom. Now the word for temple is fanum. Everything outside the temple was pro fanum. (Hence we get our word “profane.”) There was “the holy” and it was distinguished from “the unholy.”
The tearing of the temple veil from top to bottom is saying that division of life is over. Everything is now potentially the fanum, the holy, the temple. There is nothing that is not spiritual. There is nothing to which God is not available and given, which is the core meaning of the Incarnation. Matter and Spirit are forever shown to be united in Jesus.
Which doesn't mean that everything is equal: there is still wrong and right - healthy and destructive - right? What's more, there are polarities and paradox and creative syntheses that help us move from one level of compassion and awareness to a much deeper way of living and uniting with the holy. I think Rohr is right when he concludes:
As Thomas Merton said, “the gate of heaven is everywhere!" After 2,000 years of Christianity, most of Christianity still hasn’t gotten that point. We still live with purity codes, debt codes, worthiness systems, and exclusionary policies to protect ourselves from the “profane.” The bottom line meaning of the “forgiveness of sin” is that God even uses evil, failure, and sin to bring us to God.
Bob Franke puts it like this in one of the most sacred songs I know: "For Real." I will be using it in worship in two weeks as we consider how the "fleshy grace" of Christ is often revealed better in the so-called secular songs of our age. Not that the great hymnody of tradition has no place, but it is incomplete. Time, it seems, for those who trust that the Word has become flesh to... get real.
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