6/23/17

"... pray rid me of God ..."



"I pray God to rid me of God."

That, by Meister Eckhart, "... Eckhart von Hochheim O.P., commonly known as Meister Eckhart, was a German theologian, philosopher and mystic, born near Gotha, in the Landgraviate of Thuringia in the Holy Roman Empire." He is one of the great Christian mystics, born 1260 AD, died in Avignon, France, 1328. Interestingly, Avignon is home to the Abbaye Notre Dame de l’Annonciation, a cloistered group of Benedictine nuns who are among our most favorite purveyors of Gregorian chants. But that's another story ...

Matthew Fox comments further on the thought Meister Eckhart was expressing:

 "Eckhart often surprises us with his stark observations. We often make God over into our own image, and this is the 'God' Eckhart wants removed. Eckhart often prays to God for forgiveness and help moving beyond human projections of God to the real thing. Have you ever prayed to God to rid you of God? Are there human projections you need to let go of; perhaps of an all-male God, a God of judgment and condemnation? A God that spreads division, class oppression, homophobia, sexism, excessive nationalism?"

Those who see themselves as God's selected reps on earth usually think they have a lock on who and what God is. Particularly, God's professionals, like Franklin Graham and his sister - though Billy Graham certainly has God's ear. Pat Robinson. The Falwells. Any number of political preachers. They all have got a solid lock on who and what God is, and since they channel God on a regular and routine basis, they are perfectly willing to have the hoi polloi keep 'em in silk suits and white-washed tomb-temples while preaching The True Word Of God™. Church congregations are full of such people, eager to admonish and rebuke the rest of us miserable losers. Almost all of them are full of shit.