Out of the Depths A Book Review

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

http://www.temenos.org

415-305-2124

punkpriest1@gmail.com

franciscansagainstdeathpenalty@gmail.com

 

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