getting to the heart of it

I wonder what it looks like to God when he looks on us the human race. And particularly those engaged in religious activity, specifically Christians. And what God sees when he sees me in my activities, including this blogging.

Does he see someone who is engaged in lots of things about God, about Christianity in God’s revelation to the world in Jesus, even about love and relationships. Even if some of my words may be moving toward it, does God see a heart that is moving toward him in love through Jesus? And in that love toward others?

I recall the story of Thomas (Aquinas) before he died. He somehow caught a glimpse or had a vision of reality in God through Jesus and in that light all he had written seemed empty, even worthless to him. But we know better. He was one of the church’s great theologians, surely second to none in the gift of mind he had. All the words of scripture do matter. And even our muddling in trying to understand and let it work its way into our lives bit by bit in everything.

We do need to keep in mind “The Jesus Creed” of loving God completely, and our neighbor as ourselves. And we also need to keep in mind that this is a work of God through Jesus that can’t be completed in a day, or even over many years. It is ongoing in this life.

We must not imagine that we will have what Christians call the “beatific vision” in this life, though we may get faint glimpses of it. We often will be groping along, still encumbered in this life by the world, the flesh and the devil. Of course Christians see this “unholy trinity” differently, though it is agreed that this is part of what keeps us in a prolonged off and on struggle here and now.

In the midst of all of this, let us recite “The Jesus Creed” and “The Lord’s Prayer“, so that God may use those words to ground us in Jesus at getting to the heart of what matters through Jesus and for the world.


4 comments on “getting to the heart of it

  1. L.L. Barkat says:

    I wonder if we aren’t seeing God every day all around us, and why we don’t find more awe along the way.

    • Good question, L.L. I’ve been basically not reading lately. Shame on me! But your latest book is next! I think that should help me not just think through, but live out something of what you’re saying. I think you’re right. Our souls have been nastily anesthetized.

  2. kim says:

    Amen-great words.

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