What Will Bring Us Home

I read the Gospels everyday and pray about them and how to actualize them in my life. I try to live out their lessons and make these real in my daily activities. For me, they are the way to follow in my journey, the truth to make my existence meaningful and the life that will be mine now and for eternity.

There are those who would see the Gospels as myths, or even as superstitions. There are many things in them that would befuddle one living in today’s highly scientific and technological environment, like miracles that defy science, strange happenings like walking on water or a virgin birth, amazing events like the dead coming back to life or the multiplication of the bread. There are times I try to look for a natural explanation for these, like reinterpreting the virgin birth or the multiplication of the bread with some metaphorical meaning. But they are just too many to explain away. Then, I realize, “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

We saw the movie “Interstellar” last night. It was a highly scientific movie and it was fiction. At every turn, the scientists would be confronted by phenomena that their science could not explain. They realize, like Horatio, that there is more to reality than can be observed and explained by their knowledge, formulas and sciences. Like, contact with those in a parallel universe, wormholes that bend the fabric of space and time, singularity of black holes. These may be theories but there is no other way scientists can understand reality except through these postulates.

Yet, as the movie became more intense and dramatic, Amelia Brand – the movie’s main female character who plays a scientist – speak these unforgettable words, “Love is the only thing that transcends time and space.” That was a very powerful declaration for me. And as I was watching the rest of the movie how they were looking for habitable planets, I kept thinking, “Life will bring us places but it is only love that will bring us home.”

What is man that you should be mindful of him, or the son of man that you should care for him?
~ Psalm 8
Jesus came to Capernaum with his followers,
and on the sabbath he entered the synagogue and taught.
The people were astonished at his teaching,
for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes.
In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit;
he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?
Have you come to destroy us?
I know who you are–the Holy One of God!”
Jesus rebuked him and said, “Quiet! Come out of him!”
The unclean spirit convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him.
All were amazed and asked one another,
“What is this? A new teaching with authority.
He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him.”
His fame spread everywhere throughout the whole region of Galilee.
Mark 1:21-28
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