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Advent – Saturday, Second Week

December 14, 2019

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Scripture for Today

The other day I was listening to a podcast about themes discussed in Richard Rohr’s book, The Universal Christ and a quote Richard shared with listeners stuck out for me:

“There are as many paths to God as there are souls on the Earth.”

This wisdom comes from Rumi, but reminds me of another quote from St. John of the Cross, (whose memorial is today):

“God leads every soul by a separate path.”

Growing up, and to this day – I have encountered Christians who are so concerned whether they and their loved ones will end up in heaven. They hope and pray for their children or friends to “come back to God,” convinced that they’ve lost their way. Another path that is not their perceived truth is threatening and something to be avoided.

But yet, are we not all on our own individual path to God? Should we not honor each’s own individual faith journey – whatever that may look like? Do we still honor it if it’s a different denomination of Christianity, Buddhist, Hindu, Mormon, or even the “spiritual but not religious”?

Perhaps we are still a little too caught up with the idea that there is a narrow gate to heaven. The invitation in Matthew 7 is still buried too deep within our minds:

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

As hard as I try, I really can’t imagine our loving and merciful God to be the type who would shut the gate on us or leave us walking down the narrow path all alone.

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In this season of Advent – a time of waiting and hope – I find myself as a Catholic Christian waiting for the day when we stop focusing on who’s not going to make it to heaven and instead seek to love and support our dear neighbor wherever they are on their path to God.

Ceara Curry Kilpatrick

You are the God of peoples with diverse customs, languages and cultures;
teach us to celebrate the richness of human life across the globe.
You are the God of north and south, of east and west;
remind us that we are all one people in Jesus, the Christ. Amen.

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Photographs by Theresa Ruttger. Graphic design by Baya Clare CSJ. Before copying or using any text or images from this site, please contact bayathread(at)gmail(dot)com for permission.
Some material on this site is adapted from Daily Prayer, Daily Bread, published by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Medaille in 2004, and is used with the permission of the Editor and Project Director, Eleanor Bernstein CSJ.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Virginia Fifield permalink
    December 14, 2019 6:31 am

    I am reading “The Universal Chrust” now and you captured the power of. God’s generous love so well. Thank you

  2. Linda Crosby permalink
    December 14, 2019 1:14 pm

    Beautifully said, Ceara. Happy, blessed Christmas to you and yours!!

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