Sunday, February 16, 2014

6th Sunday Ordinary Time Matthew 5: 17-37 - "Koyaanisqatsi, Life-Out-of-Balance"

The Hopi Indians have a word, ‘Koyaanisqatsi’ which translates to ‘life-out-of-balance’ or ‘life-upside-down’.  I find this a fitting word to describe our world today.  ‘Koyaanisqatsi – life-out-of-balance’

Just as the Hopi’s world was changing from all that was familiar by the introduction of new culture influences, we too are experiencing a revolution that is working to change and redefine our world. The Hopi’s world was invaded by an external foreign culture, while we are being invaded from a newly developing culture within our own society.

The old rules and understandings are being discarded and new and untested meanings are being assigned to traditionally accepted beliefs.  We are being told to change and asked to accept a new way of life or be left behind, marginalized and condemned for holding onto our beliefs.  These new definitions are being adopted despite what a large number of people hold to be true.

We find increased pressures in the world to change our beliefs to more adhere to new age thinking.  We are called ‘old-fashioned’, ‘behind-the-times’ or ‘out-of-touch’: ridiculed and criticized for keeping true to our beliefs and understandings of the teachings of Jesus in His Church.  I have even seen an attempt to use the name of Jesus to convince us that even He would change to accept these new understandings.

In the beginning the world greeted Pope Francis with a hope that the Church was going to change, reflecting more the world’s image and modern thinking, but the world is now realizing that Francis is just a different communicator than Benedict, but the message is still the same.  The truths of the Church are the truths taught by Jesus, the Word of God not defined by one man’s opinion.

Jesus brought a new hope to the world.  He did not come to negate the Father’s covenant with the people, but to fulfill that covenant.  He did not come to abolish the laws by which they lived, but to breathe new life into them.  Jesus’ greatest commandment to love God above all and to love one another, did not throw out the commandments handed to Moses on the mountain, but brought them into focus.

The changing and changeable world is not our salvation. Jesus is our salvation which we find in His Church.  We will not attain the kingdom of heaven by conforming to newly formed social understandings of momentary convenience, but by living as disciples of Jesus, the Christ; Loving of God and loving one another.

We are made in the image of God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  We aspire to please Him in all things.  His laws will not pass away until all things have taken place.  God does not change to fit our image – He was, is and always will be – I AM.


Deacon Don Ron

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