(quote from Clairvaux Manifesto, page 147)
We must set our hearts and minds on things above (Col 3:1-2) so that we may eventually know the unknowable mind of heaven, “. . . having the mind of Christ” (1 Cor 2:16). We might be entrusted with the mind of Christ if we at least admit to him, and each other, that we don’t know a bit of his business at all.
Our only security is faith in him.
Our only leverage is hope in him.
Our only currency is in loving him.
The One who promised to lead us is literally making all things new before us, which includes our minds, interpersonal connections, and our ability to communicate well within this growing consortium— this wonderful global guild of pure-hearted kingdom artisans. The righteousness of God gains ground though us, flowing into every nook and cranny of a society created in the image of its creators. The poor in spirit come in all shapes and sizes.
How do the “poor in spirit” act? Do we love bankers and lawyers the same as we do the homeless in the breadline? Do we truly have compassion on the richest ones, many of whom recognize they are the poorest ones, anyway? Can we hold our heads just as high in the financial district as in the slums, realizing Mammon would have all our heads on a silver platter?
With his final heartbeats, God addressed the indebtedness of us all. Psalm 22 seems to encapsulate Jesus’ full experience upon the cross, amidst the grave, and risen from the dead. There is profound sociological progression to the Psalm. David concluded his prophecy,
The POOR will eat and be satisfied; they who seek the Lord will praise him—may your hearts live forever! All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the FAMILIES of the nations will bow down before him, for dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations. All the RICH of the earth will feast and worship; all who go down to the dust will kneel before him—those who cannot keep themselves alive. Posterity will serve him; future GENERATIONS will be told about the Lord. They will proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn—for he has done it.
Yes, he has done it and it is finished!