John Bears Witness
Gospel Reading: John 5: 31-37
Dear Community of Christians,
We have the potential to be witnesses through events of our daily lives, though usually we are not aware of this. Although we see when the sun rises on the horizon and sinks below it, every morning and every evening, do we really consciously witness it? We could witness an incredible event of the cosmic world in the suns rising and setting, but we are not always truly present and aware. This experience is a gift and a reason to send a daily prayer of thanks to heaven.
We could extend this perception to many other experiences, where something happens in nature, as a gift of beauty from the father’s world. This includes all growing, becoming and passing away. When all this happens, we are passive witnesses. This does not yet comprehensively cover the matter of being a conscious witness.
The world of the son asks for our specific activity when we become true witnesses. For example, the request could come from a couple to be a witness when they get married. We could also be asked by the courts to be a witness of what we have seen of an accident, or to speak as a witness to a crime. It asks for our whole awareness, our willingness to bear witness openly, in public. As a witness, we are then put to the test. It is about the truthfulness of our statements. It is about the truthfulness of our relationship and accompaniment of a couple. All our senses should have perceived purely and objectively. We know very well that we often fall short of this power of objective witnessing.
In our time it is the world of spirit which challenges us to train ourselves in witnessing what happens. The danger of becoming trapped in illusion is so real, and so present. The Act of Consecration of Man is a perfect field for learning observation. Actually, it stays much the same, with very few changes.
We can become witnesses of the gestures, the curling, ascending form of the smoke, the flickering of the candles. We must open and train ourselves to be truly aware and awake to the weaving of a living world, imbued with spirit. In our time we are called to witness all these sense impressions, and bring them to live in and for ourselves.
Rev. Ute Koenig
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