As a community of believers, we are pledged to God and to one another to take responsibility for living the Faith we profess and for sharing that Faith with others. This is our true “job,” our reason for being. While living in the world, we are not of the world, that is, this world that is passing around us. We are destined for Eternity, and this has to be the guiding principle for all that we do.
The world around us belongs to God. It is His Creation. It is good. It is beautiful. As God created it, it is true. As human beings, we are created connatural to the Truth. That is, the Truth fits us as God created us to be. We fit the Truth. When we are in accord with Truth, God said that we are “very good.” Sin has introduced a distortion into the world and this makes things more complicated.
Our mind, our intellects, our capacity to make judgments about what is true and good are distorted and confused. We reach for apparent, temporary goods and we find that they do not satisfy our hearts. Only God, Who IS Goodness Himself, satisfies. As
reminds us, God has
made us for Himself and our hearts are restless until they rest in God. St. Augustine
The challenge we face now is to live in a world that is actively pursuing a path that tries to leave God entirely out of the equation, as if God’s participation in His own creation is an optional part of the world’s existence. We can be duped. If we think that we are the authors of our own being, rather than co-creators with God, we are destined for nothing but dissatisfaction with our very selves and with the world around us.
On the other hand, when we choose to cooperate with God’s grace and to work with Him to establish a resting place for His Goodness in our world, we are capable of doing greater things than we can every ask or imagine. When we are humble and accept God’s gifts to us as gifts, as an undeserved sharing in His Love, we receive great riches, wealth untold. We begin to approach the City of
, the dwelling place of the Living God.
This is our reward for true discipleship. May our hearts be open to such grace! Zion