Reclaiming God And Humanity

I am a human.

My understanding, my energy, my goals are finite.

Those of us who believe in God, experience the absence of God, where as people who don’t are absent of the experience of God.

Because my understanding, energy, goals are finite, they always fall short of the eternal.

Life is a groaning activity. We are not living in perfect union with God, with ourselves, with others. There is something broken about this life.

Being a human means always being in transition. Every moment, of every day is a spiritual act in which we are being transformed into the images of the things we desire.

Somewhere deep inside we long for something more. Even those of us who don’t believe in God utter the words of Jean-Paul Sartre, “That God does not exist, I cannot deny, That my whole being cries out for God I cannot forget.”

And yet, we still know the words of Jean Vanier in our hearts, “Our humanity is so beautiful, but it needs to be transformed.”

Transformation is recognizing our need for God. And, the need to find ourselves in God, and God in ourselves. In these moments, the union returns. We are not disconnected. Love is present. Joy is present. Peace is present. We’re aware.

This is the reconciling work of God, reclaiming people to redeem the world.

I am a human. This is enough.


One thought on “Reclaiming God And Humanity

  1. Eric says:

    Kierkegaard’s “Works of Love” seems to be threading throughout this too — the
    “love of the poets” and the “love of the eternal”. By ourselves, we can only know the love of the poets. But it’s only through relationship, with God or with other people, that we can get glimpses of the love of the eternal. I think the Sartre quote works in this context because once we get a little taste of the love of the eternal, we’re constantly in search of it.

    Maybe it’s just the Kierkegaard I’ve been reading, but I think there might be something there.

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