The White Garment
Gospel Reading: Revelations 7: 9-17
Dear Community of Christians,
The writer of the book of Revelations was a living human being, initiated into the secrets of world evolution. The scope of his insights into world development included past, present and future. The way he describes that there are people present in the spiritual world with white robes, with purified thoughts, feelings and willing impulses, is a consoling image.
These images are recognized on a spiritual level. This recognition was also present when he described the following image:
“all angels stood in a circle about the throne and the elders and the four living Beings, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshipped the divine Ground of the world”.
How can we find help to understand such images? Let us consider if we stand as human beings in the Centre of the life-sustaining sun, in our current state of incomplete soul. It becomes immediately clear, this is impossible.
If we really think that the sun is just an assembly of fiery material elements, we might never come to the understanding where the ideas, the intuition of human beings comes from. Are they also just airy, fiery material elements? The great works of art would have never been created if we think in this way. The fact is that behind our visible sun, the spiritual creative power - the actual fundamental conditions of life work actively. It should make us aware that today the most important inner activity is to acknowledge the presence of spirituality as reality.
In a next step, the presence of the spiritual and visible sun could convey to us that there is enough reason to be thankful every day. Hiding behind the gratitude, is amazement about everything we can learn and experience. - In order to expand the force of amazement, - striving for knowledge must be added. Some of those amazing daily occurrences happen, but actually we are not consciously involved. Probably we were unable to recognize it, and we turn to others for what THEY think, assuming they know better, and we possibly follow guidelines which we cannot reconcile with our conscience. Conscience is a voice in our soul, it is the Christ sun in us and it is the most important spiritual skill we have, to work on our clear thinking, our emotions, our feeling and to overcome our egoistic weaknesses. Even if we are not successful in our one life, we have already begun cleaning the garment of our soul, and at the same time, we contribute a healing quality for mankind.
Rev. Ute Koenig