Tuesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time
There is a remarkable freedom that human intimacy allows. It is based on trust, and though as fragile as spirit, it is stronger than any contract or law, for if the spirit is the Spirit of God, then nothing can long interfere with it. We are children of God – by adoption – but very really children for all that. We are grafted onto the life of God Himself in Jesus.
That means we have ‘direct access’ to the Father in Him. We do not need to do all sorts of things, stand on our heads, follow detailed programs of meditation. For we are children who can speak to their Father directly, unabashedly, and with the freedom that children have. Naturally this presupposes the respect and honor good children give their parents – it also takes for granted the vastly greater wisdom that parents have.
It is a lovely thing to see a lovingly attentive parent watching a child misbehave before his eyes, trying to figure out what is going on in that little head. A bit like the child who thinks that by putting his little fingers together in front of his head, the world can disappear and he can hide, until by opening his fingers and saying “peekaboo” he can be seen. God the Father sees all, knows all, is willing to forgive all, for His very being is love. What peace comes to us when we realize that there is nothing that can happen to us that is not in His will for us – and that there is nothing that can separate us from His love for us in Jesus, His Son, our Lord.
Grace: An intimate knowledge of the many blessings received, that filled with gratitude for all, I may in all things love and serve the Divine Majesty.
Reflection: In the meditation upon sin, we made reference to Dante’s vision of hell, a cold, desolate place where the fire of love has been extinguished and all lies in a spiritual torpor. This is the perfect image of the heart grown cold to the stirrings of love which God places within it. At the opposite end of Dante’s journey lies a vision that perfectly encapsulates the final meditation of the Spiritual Exercises, the Contemplation to Attain Divine Love. From the lowest reaches of the spiritual universe, Dante ascends to the heights of heaven, where he views “the love that moves the sun and the other stars.” At the heart of the universe lives the Trinitarian God, whose perfect love draws all being into an ordered symphony of praise. Dante feels himself drawn into this harmonic vision through the enflaming of his passions and desires. No one with eyes to see can sit impassively at the vision of God’s love. From the disordered state in which Dante had fallen at the beginning of the poem, he becomes progressively cleansed of his disordered affections through the grace of God and the intercession of Beatrice until finally he is able to pass through the heavens and stand in the presence of God. But notice that Dante only sees God’s depths after he has been interiorly transformed.