“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time (ἐν καιρῷ ἐσχάτῳ). In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end/outcome (τέλος) of your faith—the salvation of souls.” (1 Pet 1: 3-9)

God has “begotten us again,” as St. Peter reminds us, into a new birth and new life, – not the merely-biological one, but the one full of “living hope,” sustained by the power of God and through faith. Whose faith? God’s and ours. That is to say, through His undying, death-trampling faith in us, and our faithful response to His, as we entrust ourselves to His grace, even as we undergo “various trials.” These “trials” help us, ever-so-gradually, to “give up” or “surrender” our faith in this-and-that to a faith in God, and to “return to wholeness” (i.e., “be saved”) in Oneness with Him. Because receiving “salvation” means turning away from a fragmented and fragmenting faith in the multifarious voices (in our head, and around us), and embracing harmony with the one voice and will of God.

Let me let God “beget” me “again” today, to a “living hope,” more real and reliable than the merely-human and merely-biological realities of my here and now. Let me open my heart this morning, to the “abundant mercy” God is able and willing to share with me, as I follow His Son on the light-bringing, death-trampling, cross-carrying journey, in my more-precious-than-gold faith in Him. Help us to believe in You today, Lord, as You believe in us, that we may be “whole” in You.

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