Contemplating God

Reflection for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time by FAN Communications Coordinator, Janine Walsh

This reflection was originally posted in our October 4th newsletter


In the Gospel this week, we are told of a man with many possessions yearning for eternal life. When given the “secret” to achieving it, the man is not willing to give up the comforts of his extravagant lifestyle in favor of simplicity and mindfulness. How about us? With every physical thing that we have, every possession we own keeping our mind’s attention these days, when and how do we contemplate our God?

I was recently reading a fiction book the theme of which had to do with Ancient Wisdom lost to the ages. At the end the author tied together science, faith, and human consciousness in a very compelling way and introduced me to a subject I’d never before heard of: Noetic Science.

Noetic Science studies intellectual and spiritual capabilities such as healing, using scientific methods to prove the influence of the human mind on the physical world. The book used as an example that of the terrorist attacks on 09/11, saying the coalescing of millions of minds as the world grieved on this single tragedy had a measurable effect on objects in the physical world, specifically machines called “random number/event generators”. Some elementary research on my part resulted in the confirmation of this anecdote. This got me thinking about universal consciousness, interconnected minds working in unison to magnify a thought’s effect. Would that be considered Ancient Wisdom? Stay with me now.

In every culture, in every country, in every time, different people of all faiths share one thing, a great treasure: the Creator. We all use different names, faces, and prayers when referring to our God, but the universality of a higher power exists. What would happen if all of humankind chose at once to avoid the distractions competing for our attention and instead focused our minds on God? Think of it like Global Meditation. Could we do it? Would we do it?

Turning back to the Gospel story, how often do we empathize with the man who didn’t want to give away all his possessions? Do we have the strength to give up our computers, laptops, and game systems, our TVs and cell phones? Could we discard all noise and distractions we own to give our conscious minds the space to fully contemplate God and meditate on all God wants for us? Maybe we would ask why, what good could come of it?

Jesus offers these words to soothe our worldly concerns: “Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has given up [all of his/her possessions] for my sake and for the sake of the gospel who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age…and eternal life in the age to come.”

Janine Walsh
FAN Communications Coordinator

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