Thursday, July 20, 2006

A loving God or a 'Thinked' God?

It is often much easier to speak about God than to actually live His message of forgiving and merciful love. Many can go on long discords about God's Divine Love without it ever actually touching their own hearts. As Meister Eckhart once wrote, "The God who was a thinked God must become in some way an active God."How often do we speak about God yet don't heed Him? How often do we say what an Awesome God we have, yet we know Him not!

God longs for us to love Him unto madness as He does us by being mad enough to die an ignominious death on a Cross for an ungrateful people, yet how many of us are insanely in love with this Majestic God? It is easy to say we love God but unless we live His Divine Message given to us by our Savior through His Word and the Church, then is it not just meaningless prattle? How many times a day do we think about God, yet allow Him to remain inactive within our hearts and in our everyday lives?

At times some tend to intellectualise God by making Him so complicated that he is beyond understanding for the ordinary man or woman in the street. Not all of us are theologians, yet at times I am sure many of us have bought books written about God only to find ourselves scratching our heads in utter confusion, as we read the contents. Let me include an example from a book which I bought and see how much understanding another may gather from it. The book is titled ' The Logic of Happiness-Proverbs and Practical Wisdom', here is an excerpt, "The 'I' sees and chooses the direction of its seeing. A state of consciousness, then, can be viewed as an energetic medium in which the 'I' sees and moves in and out of psychosomatic states; it transcends them while being immanent within them." Anyone understand what I just wrote? No? I don't either! I have a tendency to think that at times many theologians write to impress other theologians, but if the majority haven't a clue about what the author is trying to convey then what is the point? I sometimes wonder if we are trying to be too smart for God.

Yet when we read what Jesus says to his disciples and followers He spoke to them in a way as to help them understand His Way, "Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for your selves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light." (Mathew 11:28-30) Can any say that is too difficult to understand? Why do so many people complicate God almost out of existence.

Our loving God wants more from us than to simply acknowledge His existence and then put Him to the back of our minds as we go about our daily tasks. We have compartmentalized our lives so much that even God has to fit into our box of 'things to do'. We have become Law abiders rather than Love abiding mainly because it is safe as we go about our merry way with nether a thought directed towards God. Yet we can discuss politics, or fashion, our families and our business successes, how many of us though engage in long discussions with our closest family and friends about God and what He means to you? Or would that be considered unfashionable?

God has become like our use of the word 'love' we love chocolate or we love that book or TV show do we love God with this same lack of passion. Sometimes we really need to look deep within our hearts and ask ourselves do you love God or do you just say it? None of us hate God but that is not what God objects too. He objects to the lukewarm love that neither gives nor takes, it sits there empty and passive...a safe affection from a distance.

Are we ready to accept the revolution of love within our souls, our very being or are we more comfortable with the status quo? How many ponder all things in our heart with the depth of our Blessed Mother or how many of us are only to willing to continue in our daze of unawareness. Do we truly want to exist in the shadows of life to afraid to step into the Light lest it change you from within and become a being so dazzling as to blind your fellow creatures, as the Triune Spirit fills your heart and soul with joy.

Many times when we look at Religious Nuns many of whom live in enclosed Orders. We see this inner joy that seems to radiate within them and spills out to the surface as their faces glow with an inner light that comes from a loving relationship with God. We see this it is there, yet is the same glow of joy in your reflection when you glance at a mirror? If this inner joy is not there then it is up to us to ponder the reasons why for God does not move away from us, we do.

Until we realize that we need God in our lives as much as we need oxygen though we cannot see it we know it is there for we are still alive and breathing so it is with God. We may not 'see' our living God face to face but He see's into the very depths of our hearts and souls and He knows who is holding Him at arms length.

This tremendous Lover loves us so much He the Creator of all things seen and unseen woo's His creatures and gently whispers within the depths of a man's soul as a butterfly floats past one's face and gently leaves it mark without pain yet we know it touched us, so it is with the Spirit of God, as Scripture says, "What are humans that you are mindful of them, mere mortals that you care for them? Yet you have made them little less than a god, crowned them with glory and honor. You have given them rule over the works of your hands, put all things at their feet: All sheep and oxen, even the beasts of the field, The birds of the air, the fish of the sea, and whatever swims the paths of the seas. O LORD, our Lord, how awesome is your name through all the earth!" (Psalms 8:5-10)God gives us every good thing yet are we content in giving God only the scraps from our tables(hearts)?

In each of our lives where do we relegate God in a 'thinked' way or an active way, so that we can say, "Yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me; insofar as I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who has loved me and given himself up for me."

Where we spend our thoughts that is who we are.

Peace of Christ to you ALL

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