025101 Finding God in the Mystery of every day.
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Psalm 34:18 The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit.
Contrition must move beyond the idea of being “caught out” and facing inevitable punishment. The change of heart needed to be truly contrite before God is bound up in our understanding of who and what God is. The nearest we ever came on earth to attempting to understand God was the appointment of kings and the presumption on their part that they had absolute sovereignty over their subjects. Imagine if you will the very worst of the historical images of infighting and every other sin of humankind, the scrambling for power, and the irresponsible exercise of “authority”. An extremely poor model to be sure.
Now consider what we can know of God in the life of Jesus our Christ, understanding, humility, servanthood, acceptance of all, unwavering righteousness, total sacrifice. As Jesus prayed in Gethsemane, “not my will but thine…”. We have made much of this statement, but I believe that most of us in the Church do not really accept this thought even though it is essential to understanding what God wants from you and me.