Spirituality & Health Magazine

December 31, 2021

“Diarmuid O’Murchu, a social psychologist and member of the Sacred Heart Missionary Order, continues his radical reimagining of the Christian path that he has presented in Quantum TheologyReclaiming SpiritualityPoverty, Celibacy and ObedienceReligion in Exile, and Evolutionary Faith. O’Murchu wants to set Jesus free from the captivity of ideological reductionism that includes academic rationality, absolute dogmas, white imperialism, male exclusiveness, the cult of redemptive violence, ecclesiastical domestication, middle-class respectability, distorted personalism, and insipid religiosity. He sets the story of Jesus within the context of the grand sweep of time and claims that he is ‘not the beginning of some unique divine enterprise but rather its fulfillment.’ A salient point in this presentation is that the disciples repeatedly tried to put Jesus on a pedestal and diverted most of their energy Into figuring out his messianic glory and exalted nature. Thus, they missed the central challenge Jesus offered them—to become sons and daughters of God, individuals transformed into loving, compassionate, justice-seeking neighbors of all.

O’Murchu presents his own imaginative conversations and poetry that reflect the mystery and the many meanings inspired by Jesus. Here is one who does not abide patriarchy, violence, or divisions among human beings. The author emphasizes ‘the relational matrix’ of his life and ministry and proclaims that we all keep our eye on three things: contemplation, right relations, and justice-making. The Kingdom of God he reveals is one of peace, joy, and delight in the earth and all its creatures. O’Murchu’s Jesus says ‘This Spirit is the living energy, the creative vitality that stirs the waves and whispers in the wind, that warms the sun and eroticizes the moon, that vibrates in the sounds of nature, begetting novelty in every realm of creation. It scares me the way you humans try to confine my Spirit to yourselves, grossly dishonoring the pervasiveness of the Spirit in the breadth and depth of creation.’ Openness to possibility characterizes the Reign of God that Jesus demonstrated in his words and deeds: a new story to set all people free.”

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