It is Jesus I follow to Karbala.
Jesus showed me Hussain.
If I want to follow Jesus, I must follow Hussain.
Hussain shows me how to follow Jesus.
It is Jesus I follow to Karbala.
But in the world of parables, a meal is not just a meal.
A guest is not just a guest.
And advice from Jesus is not just how to succeed in a world of hierarchies.
We live in a time of illusion. Illusion that is created by the plotters.
Ultimately, that has always been the heroic quest in every spiritual tale. It is a tale of the search for what is real and what is true. Truth is the only thing that will free humanity from its enslavement to illusion.
Illusion is cynicism. It is mockery of those who search for what is true. But the true seeker does not worry over the plotters, the mockers, and the cynics and their surrender to illusion. There is too much at stake for that.
“They plotted and God plotted and God is the best of plotters.”
Seek truth and you will seek what God is plotting.
Most of the time, in fact, nearly all the time, those who have taken the red pill and who have in turn offered it to others, are not popular. They usually just make people angry. You know this, right, when you discover something that is real as opposed to the artificial program that covers it. For every one person who awakens and takes the red pill, another fifty are ticked off that you are messing with their world.
I wonder if that was the kind of thing Jesus was telling Mary as she sat at his feet. I wonder if Martha, amidst her distractions, also heard it. The stuff that Amos said is the same stuff that Jesus said. It is the same stuff that Moses said. It is the same stuff several centuries later, that Mohammad said.
Inequity is unsustainable.
It will not last.
We are called to discern the difference between the divine and the demonic and unmask, name, and engage these demonic powers. It is the church’s business.
If there are gifts we can give to our children and our grandchildren, they are the gifts of flexibility, imagination, and hope. The journey they will take will likely be a rough one, to say the least. We need to prepare and equip them the best we can.
My heroes have always been truth-tellers. The dissidents, the heretics, the whistle blowers, and the prophets. In their own time, most often they are marginalized, ridiculed, even imprisoned and worse, for challenging the sacred myths of those in power. Often it is not until much later, long after their own deaths in many cases, that history shows they were right to speak out. They told the truth and they did the world a good service.
Spirit is up against numbness. Spirit is up against lack of feeling. Spirit is up against labels that pit ‘us’ and ‘them’. Spirit is up against massive propaganda that tells us who and what we should care about, side with, acknowledge, and who and what we should not.
Spirit is my only hope because only Spirit can melt us and break us and tear us open.
Ananias is a good friend to have. When the light of truth blinds you because it is so overwhelming and it shakes your world, making you vulnerable and fearful, when all that you have been holding on to for security crumbles and wobbles, when you are stuck in fight or flight, you need time to breathe, to pray, to fast, to reflect, to have someone lay hands on you and say ‘be filled with the Holy Spirit.’