Signs of a Delusional Mind
These are the chronicles of the esoteric . . .
toward a theology of banana milk
The spirituality of banana milk begins with the importance of realising that although the flavouring is artificial, it is nevertheless one with the drink itself. That is to say the fruit is not a natural characteristic of the milk, being infused by an outside force, but nevertheless becomes intrinsic of the milk; still, neither the milk nor the flavouring have any value until they are given purpose by something external of themselves. Milk itself is nothing unless used - the calcium can do nothing unless it is consumed to strengthen the bones.
Thus, here we have the nutritional milk on the one hand, and then given, from the other hand, a gift of flavour. But this means nothing unless taken up by the Other and given purpose by being drank. For instance, while people are people, they are nothing in and of themselves. Even when given a gift of flavour - such as leadership or prophecy or the befriending of outcasts - the person has no meaning. Remember that the gift is not ours but is given to us (thus artificial); however in the giving and receiving of it, the gift becomes a reality and in fact intrinsic of us - that is, the gift, when given and used, becomes a fundamental part of our individual definition. Nevertheless, it is only when God takes the jug of humanity and allows it to enter into participation with His own body that the 'flavour' and the personhood of the creature is given any significance at all.
When it sits untouched and unused on the shelf, milk only rots; it must be purchased and lifted up as an oblation to thirst for the swallowing into the body by the will of the other - grabbed by the Divine and allowed, by grace, into Himself - or purpose is never actualised, never acheived, nor is it even given. The milk can do nothing by its own efforts, but instead must be led and moved by something outside of itself, thereby being brought into participation with that other. Likewise, we as humans can ultimately do nothing until empowered to do something. This empowerment can only truly and fully come by the Wholly Other who has made us and, through grace alone, chooses to pursue us, use us and thereby allow us to participate in Himself. Before this participation, the creature is nothing but a directionless vessel with a gift - that is, the milk is nothing but a meaningless jug with a special taste.
Simultaneously, it may very well be us who bring meaning to life - it may be our created existence that brings purpose to creation. What is any of this unless perceived by humanity, for all of this is a gift to us? (But of course perceived properly, through the Spirit and will of God, or it is nothing but a perversity.) Indeed, what is anything in life until it is offered to God by that perception - a perception given freely by a God who loves us and gives us Love? God sets the table, allowing us the freedom and privilege to make it into a meal - a meal shared among us and offered to Him, only properly to Him. A meal that necessarily must, at some point, include a glass of milk - milk, given to us through the cattle that God Himself has made and in turn given to us for use.
It then follows that purpose is given, not found; everything we are and have are gifts; and we only have meaning when we are placed in proper relation with God. Alternatively, God gives us our purpose by granting us to be purpose, and we are wholly and utterly nothing without Him - we are absolutely nothing without His grace, of which we could never deserve, and purpose is lost if not offered up to Him.
Thus, I charge you, take a sip of banana milk so you can taste and see for yourself just how good the Lord is - and give another jug of milk a reason to be.
[posted by ericjordan at 1457 hrs]
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