Great to get a break from the cold.
Here`s the wisdom that has found me this week.
First, the Gospel for the Fourth Sunday in Lent:
3:14 And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
3:15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.
3:17 “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
3:18 Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
3:19 And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil.
3:20 For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed.
3:21 But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.”
The Trinity is an image of a communal God, and since we are made in the divine image, the collective precedes the individual. The mystics saw in the holy and undivided Trinity the mystery of their loving made visible—the mystery of complete unity and radical identity. Love is structured on patterns of mutuality, identity, and solidarity; it unites and differentiates at the same time. In your love, I am more myself, not less. This is echoed in Dante’s vision of heaven as complete unity in unimaginable diversity. With this God, there is no permanent flight of the alone to the Alone. With this God, we are stuck with one another.
Whenever I groan within myself and think how hard it is to keep writing about love in these times of tension and strife which may, at any moment, become for us all a time of terror, I think to myself: What else is the world interested in? What else do we all want, each one of us, except to love and be loved, in our families, in our work, in all our relationships? God is love. Love casts out fear. Even the most ardent revolutionist, seeking to change the world, to overturn the tables of the money changers, is trying to make a world where it is easier for people to love, to stand in that relationship to each other.
Source: On Pilgrimage
As swimmers dare
to lie face to the sky
and water bears them,
as hawks rest upon air
and air sustains them,
so would I learn to attain
free fall, and float
into Creator Spirit’s deep embrace,
knowing no effort earns
that all-surrounding grace.
Denise Levertov (1923–1997)