Romans 8:9, 11-13

Today, I will read the second reading at mass:

Brothers and sisters: you are not in the flesh; on the contrary, you are in the Spirit, if only the Spirit of God dwells in you.

Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. If the spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, the one who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also, through his Spirit that dwells in you.

Consequently, brothers and sisters, we are not debtors to the flesh, to live according to the flesh for if you live according to the flesh, you will die,

But if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

There is certainly something transcendental about a rainbow, and even more so about a double rainbow(!) I feel the same way about religion and God as I do about science: there are beautiful mysteries within the universe and a life of joy is a life spent in hungry exploration and meaningful discovery. I think the reading is a reminder that people have a greater responsibility to themselves and to others, as well as to their environment(s) than is bound by physical bodies. It is a challenge to think of being as greater than tangible parts, however, that’s not to say bodies and physicality are unimportant. Rather, a complete experience of the world and of life is impossible without the unity of “body + soul”. Our consciousness and awareness as human beings is limited to what we sense and conceptualize, but there is so much more. Acknowledging and respecting the mystery – the unknowable of the universe and structure of being, as well as incorporeality of the numinous – bends us to finding the transcendental within ourselves as physical beings with our celestial origins in star stuff . We are creatures of the same mystery that forever eludes conscious perception, and we can honor that mystery in the pursuit of greater unity with It.

A still more glorious dawn awaits, not a sunrise, but a galaxy-rise, a morning filled with 400 billion suns…

– Carl Sagan

NamaskârSláinte | Peace be with you
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