I’m interested to learn and welcome her information and try to read as much of it as possible. Sometimes I try to engage with her as I believe our understanding of spirituality must engage with all contemporary knowledge and certainly the scientific world. Unfortunately if I push it too far I find she gets her back up.
Recently she presented an article on what science speaks of as multi verses and parallel universes. I commented on the importance of the speculative mind and the notion of infinity. Surprising to myself was her comment that science is very cautious about the idea of infinity.
My own understanding was that philosophical theology believes that infinity must always be entertained and speculated upon. And I believe there is good reason that theologians and the great mystics of history have speculated and meditated upon the infinite.
The notion of God by whatever name a religion might use, must be by definition infinite.
Our reading today is of Jesus transfiguration. The extraordinary experience he underwent on top of the mountain in the presence of his three most intimate disciples, Peter, James and John. For a few extraordinary moments the normal sensory awareness of life was laid bare. Better still the limits of being were transcended and an awareness of a far greater reality was made apparent to all present.
The historical figures of Moses and Elijah, past present and future were seen in a unity. The auditory voice of the eternal was heard. Creation as light became so intense its brilliance transcended everything. Historically we have spoken of Jesus being transfigured.
As Peter James and John were totally non-plused, so have humans ever since when reflecting upon the picture. I believe there is a fundamental question we are left with, what is the full reality of the human experience made apparent to us through Jesus gathering with his three privileged disciples.
There is a mystery we cannot ultimately determine.
When reflecting upon it the deepest capacity to speculate upon the nature of reality is aroused. That speculation is nourishing of our soul for there is a unity of being that transcends time. There is a depth to reality that radiates light and life. And all these transcend any limits of being for the fullness of creation knows the infinite.
One of the most extraordinary points about science is that it is probing ever newer horizons that stretch beyond the capacities of the mind to realistically grasp. We are inclined to feel increasing small, miniscule to be a little more precise.
The transfiguration is not inconsistent with this, but it exudes a different message. Rather than diminish us, its message of creation is to reach out and befriend us. The voice brings a personal message. Listen. This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.
We have a vital place in creation and the mind of that creation wants to engage with us. We are part of its purpose. The spiritual presents the image that the infinite and the minute particular come together as one.
On Wednesday we begin the traditional season of Lent. In amidst all the various disciplines people have traditionally undertaken in this time, the real purpose should be for the purpose of responding to that great voice of the transfiguration.
This is my son, whom I have chosen, Listen to him.
May I suggest that we take the time to embrace the discipline of reading and meditating upon a portion of the gospel each and every day. He is the ultimate conduit of the infinite mind of creation affirming that we are a vital part of this infinite creation.