Thursday, July 30, 2009

imprisoned in disobedience! help, let me out! oh, okay, if that's what You want...

Here's a line from St. Paul's epistle to the Romans that jumped up at me this morning:
God has imprisoned all in disobedience that he might have mercy on all.
This rather strange comment is followed by a paean that to a lover of the Blessed Trinity explains it all:
How deep are the riches and the wisdom and the knowledge of God! How inscrutable his judgments, how unsearchable his ways! For 'who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has ever been his counselor? ... For from him and through him and for him all things are: to him be glory forever.
If you don't know or love God, this all can seem most annoying -- we are imprisoned in disobedience so God can have mercy on us? Give me a break!

But through the eyes of love it makes perfect sense.

Consider the distance between Creator and creature, a distance that He has shown over and over again that He wants to overcome in order to enter into the same kind of intimate communio with us that the Three Persons have with one another, in the inner life of the Trinity.

Disobedience humbles us, it makes us realize how weak we are on our own. We have all these longings for glory, these desires to slay dragons and rescue princesses and find treasures that we can use to make everyone around us happy for the rest of their days. But what do we get? Mean thoughts about the fools around us, inflated notions of our own innate coolness, passions for insatiable rewards.

Yeah... God needs to bridge the gap somehow. Inscrutable as the Persons of the Trinity are, the end result is endless mercy for every lasting one of us. Deo gratias! I love you, Lord, now and forever!

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