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One reader commented that I write a lot about relationship with Jesus. That got me thinking about how easily we forget our human dependance on God and focus instead on ourselves.
It is only in recent centuries that humans have come to accept that the earth on which we live is not the centre of the universe. While the Greeks a couple of thousand years ago suggested that the planets might revolve around the sun rather than the earth, it was only after the 16th century Polish astronomer and mathematician Nicolaus Copernicus presented this clearly that people accepted this understanding.
Today it’s hard to understand how our ancestors could have misunderstood something that is to us so obvious.
But then each of us can have the same misunderstanding of reality when we think, speak and act as if we ourselves are the centre of our own existence. We forget that a human can be fully human only when living in relationship with Jesus Christ. We are not our own centre. We are created to be centred on and totally dependant on God.
We find our human health and happiness only when we live with this awareness: we are dependant on a higher power for everything, even for every breath that we take.
Only when we let God take central place in our lives can we live fully.
Too often we focus on ourselves, even when full of good intentions we seek to improve ourselves working to overcoming our imperfection and weakness. But when we shift our gaze to Jesus, everything falls into place and we feel as though we can relax a bit. This is the perfect remedy for human stress – passing all our burdens to Jesus and trusting that He will work powerfully in our lives in response to our invitation.
That’s the message that I want to finish this FFF daily-email reflection series with, and the former Jesuit Superior General Pedro Arrupe (d.1991) offers this powerful reflection.
Nothing is more practical than
finding God, than
falling in Love
in a quite absolute, final way.
What you are in love with,
what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.
It will decide
what will get you out of bed in the morning,
what you do with your evenings,
how you spend your weekends,
what you read, whom you know,
what breaks your heart,
and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.
Fall in Love, stay in love,
and it will decide everything.
Cape Cod Morning. Edward Hopper