OUT OF THE DEPTHS BY KENNETH E. KOVACS--A BOOK REVIEW
Kovacs' book confronts the institutional church with a faith based on creeds, and steers people away from personal experience. His book calls us to enter into a relationship of experience, a lived out relationship with Jesus of Nazareth.
A faith based on creeds, on "rational" belief, leads us to become an institution within itself. We live within our own "tribes", seeing those outside as the "other". Kovacs calls us to entering into a lived relationship with Christ and becoming one with our fellow human beings.
For along time I have been uncomfortable within a church building and its worship services. I feel like an "alien". I no longer accept preaching engagements, because of being uncomfortable. I feel like Carl Jung, "Church was a place to which I no longer could go. There was no life there, but death."
Penny Lernoux, a journalist, once wrote: "you can look at a slum or peasant village, but it is only by entering into that world--by living in it--that you begin to understand what it is like to be powerless, to be like Christ." This is found in a personal relationship with Jesus of Nazareth.
Life is found in a faith that is personal, one that makes us uncomfortable. It is in being uncomfortable that we grow, we learn to relate to God, as our friend.
A poem by Derek Walcott tells us that we must look ourselves in the face, and in so doing, we find God, and from there we move out in caring for our brothers and sisters, without the boundaries of race, creed, socioeconomic status., which is the message of Kovacs book:
Love After Love
The day will come
the time will come
when with elation
you will greet yourself
arriving at your own door
and each will smile at each other's welcome
saying sit here, eat
you will love again the stranger who was yourself
Give wine, give bread
give back your heart to yourself
to the stranger who has loved you all your life
who you ignored for another
who know you by heart
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes
feel your own image in the mirror, see it
Feast on your life.
Creator Spirtus, Come Creator Spirit!
Fr. River Damien Sims, sfw, D.Min., D.S.T.
P.O. Box 642656
San Francisco, CA 94164
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