• David Carlson

877: There is a sacred flame that burns at the heart of these people, at the heart of each one of us

Day 877:

There is a sacred flame that burns at the heart of these people, at the heart of each one of us.




We will celebrate on ZOOM this Sunday, the 14th of August. Here's a bit of that liturgy created by Dan Vrooman.


Immediately, following the alarming and disquieting documentary An Inconvenient Truth in 2006, the choir of fossil fuel and tar sand companies denied the facts with threatening voices, similar to the ones at the time of the prophet Jeremiah: “This man is discouraging people by speaking such words to them. This man is seeking the harm of this people,” or the words to address Jesus: “This man is a danger for the nation, he has a demon, he blasphemes.”



At the beginning of his social and religious activism Jeremiah tried to initiate a change in the system, but after a while he reached the conclusion that the only way to achieve reform was for the present institutions to be abandoned and new ones created.


The paradoxical, scandalous aspect of the story of Jeremiah and many others this evening is that officials in charge identify with the will of the king, of the priests, or of the party line with the will of God, like what happened at the time of Jesus, who embodied the fiery, compassionate face of his Abba but was demonized and killed like an outlaw.


I came to bring fire to the Earth.

What is there, at the heart of the Universe, at the heart of women and men of every age and culture who have been able to generate new beginnings, to change the course of evolution and of humanity, opening new paths to life, beyond boundaries and conventions?



There is a sacred flame that burns at the heart of these people, at the heart of each one of us: a longing for justice, a passion for freedom, a care for the outcast and the sufferer, the yearning for an expanded community of love on Earth.


It is the burning bush of God’s dangerous love, a transformative and surprising force that upsets any achieved and oppressing equilibrium kneaded with fears, control, and violence.




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