The Sufis are fond of saying, “Die before death and resurrect now.” We are all dying every moment, dying to our own fears, our own false concepts of ourselves, our own limitations. But we know this already, haven’t we been told? Let us die willingly and resurrect gloriously, spiraling into the future, consciously joining all those who believe and trust in the ultimate goodness of humanity, and serving with love and patience those who do not.
~ Theresa King,
“If Jesus is the once and for all sacrifice for sin, understood metaphorically now [not literally], it means that God has already taken care of whatever it is that we think separates us from God. It means that God accepts us just as we are and that the Christian life is not about getting right with God. God’s already taken care of that. The Christian life becomes about something else, namely, living within this framework of radical trust in God and relationship to God that makes possible our transformation, and, ideally and ultimately, the transformation of the world.”
[Jesus] uttered a triumphant cry: “It is accomplished!” and it was as though he had said: “Everything has begun!”
Sound a trumpet through all the earth.
Our Morning Star is alive!
Risen in splendour, He is among us;
The darkness is driven back.
We, His people, join in the dance of all creation.
~ An Easter prayer
from the Celtic Christian Northumbrian Community
I called through your door,
“The mystics are gathering
in the street. Come out!”
“Leave me alone.
“I don’t care if you're dead!
Jesus is here, and he wants
to resurrect somebody!”
~ the Sufi poet and mystic Rumi (A.D. 1207 - 1273),
from The Essential Rumi
by Coleman Barks
Labels: Spirituality, Sufism