Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Random thoughts on a Tuesday morning

"If today you hear His voice, harden not your hearts."

Every day I harden my heart, and I think my experience is universal. To live in this world with a soft heart open to every facet of God's creation and every whisper of His voice is... to put it gently, difficult. Damnably hard, not to put too fine a point to it. The medievals talked about the world, the flesh and the devil. The moderns mocked that concept as pie-in-the-sky when we die. We postmoderns are learning again that the new order inaugurated by Christ is not out of this world and is not of this world. It is the yeast of the new world brewing from within.

Christ is the head of redeemed humanity. He "holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. Consequently he is able for all time to save those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them." (Hebrews 7:24-25).

One of the foremost weapons in evil's arsenal is to separate religion from ordinary life. Nickey D'Orazio always said, "Religion is life." True enough, Mother, and I apologize for all the times I thought and acted as if religion were larger than life, and myself larger with it. We are made like our Creator. The inner life of the Triune God is meant to be our real life too. The bright green leaves and bold reds and yellows that are bursting out all around us in this beautiful spring time are the voice of God. If today we hear it, may we harden not our hearts.

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