The arousal of such inner depths might remain relatively mysterious, but it won’t let go. In the hurley burly of daily life it will find a way to stir a question, arouse a feeling, entice a review, or spur an action. To ignore its call is to lose an opportunity for the fulness of life is to grow in the totality of our being.
This spiritual journey is the foundation of all experience and it is a lifetime journey.
Life itself, places us in many stages, with each stage, presenting different perspectives from which we must tackle its quest. From infant, to teenager, adult and aged, each stage has a godly purpose offering the opportunity to mature by feeding our spiritual hunger.
It’s this hunger that keeps us moving forward, the questions not necessarily the answers, for the answers eventually need to be reviewed and re-expressed.
As the disciples trekked the journey north to the village of Ceasarea Philippi, the silent walk and times of quiet conversation were eventually broken by the attention catching question of Jesus directed to his small group of followers.
‘Tell me, who do people say I am?’
Were they taken aback, possibly but for them it was also a question they would no doubt have wrestled with.
On meeting Jesus it was hard not to begin questioning.
He was one of those extraordinary personalities whose reputation had spread far and wide. Most were wondering who he was, for he spoke with eloquence and authority, he healed the sick and cleansed the possessed, ultimately raising the dead. Of the disciples some in turn dared to speak, comparing him to another great figure, John the Baptist or even one of the great prophets, returned from the past.
What others were saying was important, but ultimately not as much as what they personally thought. Jesus regularly drew large crowds to himself, but mostly ending up by focusing upon those in front of him, often one individual, for that’s where the core of our spiritual search is found, right in our own very heart and mind. But who do you say I am, he challenges each to determine.
It’s Peter who speaks boldly and loudly, perhaps on their behalf, ‘You are the Christ, Son of the living God.’ Jesus is delighted, a human mind has broken opened to a most inspirational insight.
A human mind has penetrated the mystery of creation. The divine is its essence. It dwells in our midst.
What perception, in figurative terms ‘rock like’, for nothing is more permanent, eternal than what we call, being, it is spirit, from which everything emanates.
For this precious moment Peter, has the penetrating sight of spirit. But like the sun on a cloudy day, it might only appear for a short moment. The story of Peter is fascinating, but important. It maps the life journey for all of us. He has both strengths and weakness. He might have those glorious moments of insight, but so easily tumbles toward denial when challenged.
THE NATURE OF SPIRITUAL SIGHT
The nature of spiritual sight is such that it informs as well as challenges, for its purpose is human growth. It is designed to draw us toward what we see in our mind and we see what we are becoming. If we resist this pathway of becoming what we see, we turn others into idols.
Our world is full of the so-called super hero’s, celebrities, and idols. They remain false to the spiritual and remain stagnant. When we welcome growth, rather than becoming like the other, we are inspired to become ourselves.
Jesus would never have been so interested in what Peter saw in him, but rather he would have wanted Peter to become what he saw in Jesus.
This is the Christ in all of us. It is the universal expression of the divine. It is the spiritual journey.
THE NEW JOURNEY
I want to suggest that we are at a time in history, when we are being challenged to see the Christ in ways, humanity might not truly have perceived before. We have always spoken of the universal as the Christ.
In recent times we have been challenged by the belief of others who have declared their own perceptions of the Universal being. This presents a new vision for all. It comes with a challenge to re-ask ourselves that Jesus question.
Who do you believe I am?