All of you are the children of God, through faith, in Christ Jesus, since every one of you that has been baptized has been clothed in Christ. There can be neither Jew nor Greek, there can be neither slave nor free, there can be neither male nor female -- for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Faith is not about understanding the ways of God. It is not about maneuvering God into a position of human subjugation, making a God who is a benign deity who exists to see life as we do. Faith, in fact, is not about understanding at all. It is about awe in the face of the God of all. And it is awe that inspires an alleluia to the human soul.
Faith is about reverencing precisely what we do not understand—the mystery of the Life Force that generates life for us all. It is about grounding ourselves in a universe so intelligent, so logical, so clearly loving that only a God in love with life could possibly account for it completely.
When we center our power outside ourselves, which is of the essence of faith, we have faith in something greater than our smallness. We take our very lack of control as a sign of God’s presence in the world. It is precisely because of our smallness that we can come to see and trust the greatness of God that surrounds us. It is only then that we can really come to see the face of God in the face of the other.
Faith in what we cannot control, do not see, cannot understand destroys the idol that is ourselves. It is only the deep-down belief that we are not the be-all and end-all of the universe that can save us from ourselves. It is the awareness of being part of something vast and intelligent and well-intentioned that gives purpose to life, that leads us to seek beyond the horizons of our smallness to the hope that tomorrow, warped as we may be today, we can all be better.
Faith in God is the only ground we have for faith in ourselves, in humanity, in life. Then we may care enough about others, about the purpose of God for all human life, to go beyond the kind of religion that turns God into a local deity and life into a zero-sum game in which winner takes all and losers abound.
Pastor Alice Iaquinta
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PopeFrancis’s Call for Ecological Conversion — A Reflection of Ignatian Spirituality
Presenter: Jame Schaefer, Ph.D.
When: Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Time: Gathering: 6:45p.m.
Presentation: 7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Where: Fr. Herian Hall at Gesu Parish/ 1210 Michigan Street
Parking: Lot J—accessible from 11th Street (southbound one-way between Wisconsin Avenue and Michigan Street)
All are welcome to join the Ramos Community of the Ignatian Associates as we reflect on the words of Pope Francis. Prior reading of the encyclical is highly recommended.
Laudato Si’ On Care for Our Common Home
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